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OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 23

SEVEN (7) NEW COVID-19 CASE IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES NOW AT ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY- SEVEN (187). NO ADDITIONAL DEATHS; TOTAL DEATHS STILL AT EIGHT (8)

18 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 fifty-six (256) test results, out of which yielded nine (9) positive results including two (2) repeat tests of previously confirmed individuals. This brings the total confirmed COVID 19 cases in the region to one hundred eighty seven (187).

Three (3) of the new cases are residents of Mandaue City. The total number of cases for the city is now at six (6). Two (2) are residents of Cebu City bringing the total cases to one hundred sixty-three (163). Lapu-Lapu City also has two (2) additional cases increasing the city’s cases to ten (10). Among the provinces, there are 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 has not changed the case fatality rate or the percentage of deaths among those who are infected with COVID-19 at 4% compared to the global average of 6.4%. Five of the new confirmed cases are admitted, while the other two (2) cases are for transfer to facilities for admission.

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The anxiety among residents of Cebu City and the rest of Central Visayas is understandable. A surge in cases, although expected with the availability of testing, is still a cause for worry. The DOH CVCHD together with the Cebu City government would like to assure the public that accurate and timely information has been shared to all relevant stakeholders. The City government has also coordinated with barangay officials on its data and plans, who in turn are expected to give the instructions to their residents. Finger pointing at this time as would not do anything to solve any problems. Let this be the opportunity for our local leaders to guide their constituents and look out for their welfare. The DOH CVCHD has not been remiss in providing advice to all on what we can do to protect our own health and that of our community. We understand the frustration some of us may feel. Admittedly, this is all new to us. But if we all behave as we should and focus our efforts to resolve these challenges, then we may finally see an impact on our current situation. Measures are also currently explored by the DOH to increase testing and identify isolation facilities so that the chance of infecting the community is decreased or minimized. We again appeal to our citizens to access and share only validated and verified information from trusted and reliable sources. We may unwittingly share fake news that may cause confusion rather than a well-informed public.

We are one with the whole region in praying that we will beat COVID-19 together as we look forward to the day when we finally heal as one.

 

 

JAIME S. BERNADAS, MD, MGM, CESO III
Director IV

 

LHSD/VPB

 

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