OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 24
THREE (3) NEW COVID-19 CASES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES AT ONE HUNDRED NINETY (190). ONE (1) ADDITIONAL DEATH; TOTAL DEATHS NOW AT NINE (9)
19 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, one hundred eighteen (118) test results. There are four (4) positive results which included one (1) repeat test of a previously confirmed positive. This brings the total confirmed cases in the region to one hundred ninety (190).
One of the confirmed cases died resulting to a total deaths of nine (9).
Two (2) of the new cases are residents of Cebu City which now has a total of one hundred sixty-five (165). Lapu-Lapu City also has one (1) additional case increasing the city’s cases to eleven (11). Mandaue City’s cases remain at six (6). Contact tracing activities for the new cases are now being conducted by the local health authorities.
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 new confirmed cases and the additional death have slightly increased the case fatality rate or the percentage of deaths among those who are infected with COVID-19 at 4.7% from 4%. However, it is still lower compared to the global average of 6.4%.
The DOH CVCHD continues to appeal to the public to follow containment measures in place. Please contact your local government units for any questions on limitation of movement. Work from home arrangements have been in place. We urge everyone to stay at home and limit going out unless for essential reasons. Staying at home has been shown by studies to effectively slow the transmission of cases especially in areas where congestion is a reality. We also remind our health care workers to follow infection control measures in your institutions. Changing your work clothes before going home prevents any contamination that may have been obtained while on duty which results to further contamination of your contacts on the way home. Small steps like these can have a big impact on preventing an increase in cases of COVID-19. We also remind the public to read safety labels on any chemicals that may be used to disinfect your homes. Majority of them should be used with caution and as indicated by the manufacturer. Proper disposal of wastes to avoid spread of infection and contaminating the environment with harmful chemicals is strongly advised.
We do not just salute our front liners but also our “HOME LINERS”; staying at home is one of the biggest contributions you and your family can do towards the goal of healing as one.
God bless us all.
JAIME S. BERNADAS, MD, MGM, CESO III