DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental on Wednesday reported more recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as a downtrend in positive infections continues.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, health committee chair of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in a virtual press briefing, reiterated that authorities are hoping this will continue amid the vaccination rollout.
Estacion said from March 22 to 23, they received 393 swab test results –385 negatives (with 26 recoveries), four new positives, and another four swab still-positive infections.
The new recoveries are from Dumaguete City (seven); Bacong, Tanjay City, and Sta. Catalina (four each); Bayawan City (three); Guihulngan City (two); Jimalalud and Sibulan (one each).
The new positive cases are from Dumaguete City and La Libertad (two each).
As of March 24, Negros Oriental has a total caseload of 1,878–1,765 recoveries, 56 active positive cases, and 57 mortalities.
Estacion reiterated that even if returning residents have presented the required negative result of the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) swab test, they should be monitored constantly by barangay and health officials as they are no longer required quarantine.
Although the active positive cases have seen a slow but continuous decline in the past weeks, Estacion said that people should not let their guard down and must adhere to the basic health and safety protocols. (PNA)