OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 21
TWENTY-SEVEN (27) NEW COVID-19 CASES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES NOW AT NINETY-FIVE (95). NO REPORTED DEATHS; TOTAL DEATHS STILL AT EIGHT (8)
16 APRIL 2020
The Department of Health Central Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH CVCHD) through the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (VSMMC SNL) has released, as of 5:00 pm today, two hundred eleven (211) test results, twenty-seven (27) of which are positive. This brings the total confirmed cases in the region to ninety-five (95).
Twenty-four (24) of the new cases are residents of Cebu City and again are contacts of previously confirmed cases detected through contact tracing activities. Cebu City now has a total of seventy-seven (77) cases. The other three (3) of the new cases are from Lapu-Lapu City. The total cases in the said city are now at seven (7). Mandaue City’s cases remain at three (3). Among the provinces, no new cases recorded in Bohol, Cebu and Negros Oriental. Siquijor remains to have no documented case of COVID-19.
The additional number of confirmed cases resulted in the further decrease of the case fatality rate or the percentage of deaths among those who are infected with COVID -19 from 11% to 8%. All of the new confirmed cases have negative to mild symptoms.
The DOH CVCHD continues to remind all fellow citizens to follow strictly containment measures that are being implemented by our local authorities. We also call on the residents in the areas being contained by our local governments units to obey and respect the restrictions on their movement. This is the time we look beyond our personal inconveniences for the greater good. The success of our efforts to decrease transmission and the number of confirmed cases depends on the way we behave during these trying times. Let us not put into waste the little wins we have achieved as we fight COVID – 19 together until we successfully see the resolution of this pandemic.
In times of crisis, we all need to be not just good citizens but also good neighbors; looking out for the welfare not just of our own families but of those around us. Let us be better citizens for a healthier community and heal as one Central Visayas, one Philippines.
God bless us all.
JAIME S. BERNADAS, MD, MGM, CESO III