BACOLOD CITY – Isolation facilities for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients in this city have been decongested as more villages have been declared free of the virus.
At least two isolation facilities, including those located at Luisa Medel National High School and Bata Elementary School, are underutilized as of Thursday, a report of the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) showed.
City Administrator Em Ang, EOC-TF executive director and deputy for administration and operations, said on Wednesday that with the declining occupancy, they are planning to implement a one-to-one patient-to-room accommodation ratio to further curb the local transmission of the virus.
Based on the latest data, of a total of 576 beds, only 84 are being utilized, leaving 492 beds available, which is equivalent to an 85-percent available bed capacity.
Dr. Anna Maria Laarni Pornan, EOC deputy for medical services, said the utilization rate of the isolation facilities in Bacolod public schools peaked at only 15 percent on Tuesday.
Councilor Renecito Novero, chair of the Quarantine Centers Action Team, said the city now has a bigger number of facilities reserved.
“Two months ago, we were worried that we might not have enough rooms due to the overwhelming number of people who need to be isolated,” he added.
Meanwhile, from an initial 19, there are now 28 out of the 61 barangays here that have remained Covid-free for the past 14 days.
These are Barangays 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, Felisa, Montevista, and Alangilan.
The data indicates that 45.9 percent or almost half of the city’s barangays are without local transmission for two weeks.
“I hope the increasing number of barangays that are Covid-free will continue,” Ang said, stressing that the increase or decrease in the number of cases in Bacolod still depends on the people’s cooperation with local policies and observance of minimum health protocols.
“Mass gatherings or celebrations like birthdays are a common venue for the spread of Covid-19. Based on the reports of the EOC, there is a pattern of infection during these gatherings. We have to be vigilant and careful so we can maintain and sustain the decrease in cases,” she added.
On Nov. 4, Bacolod recorded 17 new cases, bringing the total to 4,873, of which 4,464 have recovered. There are 272 active cases and 137 recorded deaths. (PNA)