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OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 35

TWO HUNDRED THIRTY THREE (233) NEW COVID-19 CASES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES AT EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY NINE (869). RECORDED DEATHS INCREASE BY ONE (1), TOTAL DEATHS NOW AT THIRTEEN (13)

30 APRIL and 1 MAY 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 thousand thirty two (1,032) test results. There is a total of two hundred forty (240) positive results, seven (7) of which are repeat tests of previously confirmed cases. This brings the total confirmed cases in the region to eight hundred sixty nine (869). The number of deaths with COVID-19 increased to thirteen (13) with one (1) recorded death from one of the municipalities of the Province of Cebu.

The additional mortality is a fifty eight (58) year old male with existing underlying medical conditions who presented with symptoms consistent with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) causing him to be brought to a private hospital where he was tested for COVID-19. Patient expired on the same date of admission.

The additional confirmed cases have further decreased the case fatality rate or the percentage of deaths among those who are infected with COVID-19 from 1.9% to 1.5%. It is still lower compared to the global average of 6.4%.

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We now have three health workers who have tested positive for COVID-19. They were exposed to patients who have COVID-19 in their line of work. The hospital administration has started their isolation as soon as they manifested symptoms. Investigations are being conducted by the hospital’s Infection Control Committee to ensure that all contacts inside and outside the hospital are being traced, swabbed, isolated and managed accordingly. The DOH CVHCD is one with the medical community in praying for the recovery of these brave health workers. We continue to support our health workers through the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the hope that no additional health workers will be infected with COVID-19 in the performance of their duties to serve our sick brothers and sisters.

The presence of positive cases among our repatriates after undergoing the 14-day quarantine in Manila and a COVID-19 negative test result prior to travel to Cebu and other provinces in the region needs to be validated. Additional laboratory test such as testing for the presence of antibodies may tell us if the latest positive results are active infections or previous exposures. There are two kinds of antibodies: those that appear during infection (IgM) and those that appear upon recovery (IgG). The presence of either of the two will tell us if the infection is an active one or in the case of IgG, is of previous exposure and therefore the positive RT-PCR result could be possibly viral remnants of a previous infection. However, these repatriates are already on quarantine and will complete the additional 14 days. They will be tested again prior to release after the mandatory quarantine.

The increasing number of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDLs) who tested positive is again a result of the contact tracing activities of previously confirmed cases. We expect the numbers to further increase as targeted community testing will be conducted aside from the active case finding of Influenza- like illnesses in the communities. All these efforts will result in more cases; but these cases are expected to be showing mild to moderate symptoms. This increase will also result in improved data base that will allow the DOH CVCHD and other government agencies to compute for projections that will assist us in deciding the extent of lifting restrictions in movement and businesses.

The number of cases are increasing but our deaths continue to be low. We hope to keep it low. We can keep it that way by ensuring that we do not pass on the infection to the vulnerable people such as the elderly, the pregnant women and those with existing medical conditions. Let us continue to practice regular and proper handwashing, social/physical distancing, correct cough etiquette and the wearing of mask especially if you are sick or at a higher risk of getting infection.

We all have a part to play. Let us play these parts well. No matter how small it may be, every single effort can contribute to the overall achievement of healing as one.

God bless us all.

 

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

LHSD/VPB

 

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