DUMAGUETE CITY – Hospitals in Negros Oriental were advised to prepare for yet another surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases as numbers continued to rise, with most infections believed to be of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, Covid-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said in a virtual presser late Monday afternoon said this is contained in a resolution passed Sept. 13 during a meeting of the body’s members.
“We passed a resolution today reminding public and private hospitals to stock up and have equipment, supplies, and medicines on hand in the event of another surge in the province,” she said in mixed English and Cebuano dialect.
The hospitals were also told to allocate additional isolation beds for Covid-19 cases in the event the current rate of positive cases continues to increase, she said.
Estacion said it is better to start early with the preparations than wait for hospitals in this capital city and the bigger district hospitals outside of Dumaguete to be filled similar to what happened at the height of a surge early this year.
The province experienced an unprecedented surge in April and May which led to the imposition of stricter quarantine classifications.
However, in recent weeks, the number of infections again climbed steadily, Estacion noted, adding that there were 159 new Covid-19 cases and 53 recoveries logged during the weekend.
As of Monday, the province has a total caseload of 12,090, broken down into 10,935 recoveries, 909 active positive infections, and 246 deaths.
The hospital isolation bed occupancy for Covid-19 cases was placed at 65 percent. (PNA)