BACOLOD CITY – Residents here have again been reminded to avoid “super-spreader” events that involve mass gatherings to minimize “person-to-person” transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The reminder was issued by the City Health Office (CHO) on Tuesday as Bacolod continues to log more infections, with 26 new cases and one death on Monday, bringing the total to 7,588 cases, of which 871 are active.
“Celebrate within and with household members only. Avoid crowded places. Never tire of reminding yourself and other people to always exercise caution,” Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., officer-in-charge of the CHO, said.
Miraflor added that every person should “think many times before going out of the house”.
“Health protocols at their minimum must be observed. Wearing of face mask, face shield, hand hygiene, and physical distancing are a must,” he added.
City Administrator Em Ang, who sits as the executive director of the Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF), said social gatherings and dining out with those who are not members of the same household are being discouraged.
“It is important to avoid mixing people in one place at the same time because it is one key factor of spreading Covid-19 infection,” Ang said.
Earlier, the EOC-TF reported that hospital bed occupancy for Covid-19 patients in Bacolod already hit 67.31 percent on April 29, which is much higher compared to only 20 to 30 percent in February, for instance.
On April 27 alone, 136 patients have been admitted to seven hospitals, of which 95 of them, or 68 percent are residents of Bacolod.
The remaining 32 percent are from the municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental, a report of the EOC-TF showed.
Based on the data of the One Hospital Command Center, 43 beds are remaining for Covid-19 patients, 28 of which are in the six private hospitals and the 15 beds in the sole government hospital here. (PNA)