OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 36
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOUR (124) NEW COVID-19 CASES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES AT NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY (990). RECORDED DEATHS INCREASE TO FIFTEEN (15)
2 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 5:00pm today, six hundred and six (606) test results. There was a total of one hundred and twenty-five (125) positive results, with one (1) of the results being repeat tests of previously confirmed positive cases. This brings the total confirmed cases in the region to nine hundred and ninety (990). The region recorded two (2) additional deaths, bringing the total deaths from those infected with COVID-19 to fifteen (15).
The first mortality is an eighty year (80) old female from Cebu Province. She died last 30 April 2020. She was initially managed as a case of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) but test results revealed she was positive for COVID 19. Contact tracing activities have already been initiated among her immediate contacts.
The second death is a newly confirmed case. He is a thirty nine (39) year old male person deprived of liberty (PDL) from Mandaue City Jail. He was referred to a government hospital due to symptoms of SARI. Contact tracing activities have been ongoing since the first confirmed case in the said jail was recorded.
We join their families in praying for their eternal rest.
The additional confirmed cases and deaths have not changed the case fatality rate or the percentage of deaths among those who are infected with COVID-19as it remains at 1.5%. It still lower compared to the global average of 6.4%.
UPDATE ON 1 MAY 2020 COVID-19 NUMBERS
The DOH CVCHD in its commitment to be transparent has updated the numbers reported yesterday 1 May 2020. The total cases recorded has been adjusted to be at 866 instead of 869. The number of repatriates has been adjusted to thirteen (13) instead of fourteen (14). A PDL was erroneously tagged as a repatriate as his status as a PDL was not indicated in the investigation form. The total number of cases in Mandaue City has also been adjusted to reflect twenty-eight (28) instead of twenty-five (25). There were nine (9) PDLs from the Mandaue City Jail who tested positive, all are results from the contact tracing activities done by the BJMP and City health department.
The necessary changes in the numbers are done after the data is further validated and errors are detected. We ask for your patience as we sort the numbers and information as they become available.
We have added two new rows and one more column to account for the additional groups and settings that are now showing an increase of cases. The first additional row is for Health Workers. We have deleted one (1) case each from Cebu Province and Cebu City from the previous total and put them in the new row with the new case of health worker infected with COVID-19.We felt the need to highlight this group so that we can monitor the trend and see the effectiveness of our hospitals’ infection control and prevention measures. This group also needs to be separated since the contact tracing activities will be primarily done among hospital staff and interventions will be focused in the hospital setting.
The second added row is for Repatriates on Quarantine. The tests done for a large number of repatriates have detected a number of positive cases. However, since there are documentation of recovered cases who would test positive for COVID-19 under RT-PCR, we could not ascertain for now if these positive results are really active infections or due to the presence of viral remnants of a previous infection that they have already recovered from. For this reason, the DOH CVCHD will be doing more validation for this group. Antibody testing will be done to see if they have had previous exposure to the virus. They also will not be tagged under any province or city since they have been in isolation since their arrival in the provinces and cities. They will remain in isolation for 14-days as per protocol. Since the national COVID-19 tracker would require their current addresses, and since their isolation facilities are different from their home addresses, the DOH CVCHD would not include their number in the national report until they will return to their home address. This is also to prevent confusion since the current address and the home address as of the moment are different. Again, they are still in isolation, both those who tested negative and those who tested positive. The DOH CVCHD together with the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) will continue to monitor our repatriates and give the appropriate medical care needed.
An additional column is added for the jail systems of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the locally administered provincial jails. This is due to the different context of response in these closed setting facilities. This is also to track the daily additional numbers that will be recorded from the following settings: from the jail systems, from the hospital admissions and from our communities.
Let us continue to be vigilant and pray for our collective healing.
God bless us all.
JAIME S. BERNADAS, MD, MGM, CESO III