OFFICIAL STATEMENT NO. 16
TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, TOTAL CASES NOW AT THIRTY-EIGHT (38). TWO (2) CASES NOW LABORATORY NEGATIVE, TOTAL LABORATORY NEGATIVE AT TWENTY-ONE (21). NO ADDITIONAL MORTALITIES; TOTAL DEATHS STILL AT EIGHT (8).
11 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 5:00pm today, one hundred thirty-eight (138) test results. Three (3) specimens tested positive. Two (2) are new cases, while one (1) is a repeat test of a previously confirmed case. The total laboratory negative cases in the region increased to twenty-one (21), with two (2) additional negative results of previously positive cases. There are no reported deaths, total mortality due to COVID-19 remains at eight (8).
The two (2) additional cases of confirmed COVID-19 are residents of Cebu City and were contacts of a confirmed case. As of today, Cebu City has the largest number of cases at twenty-five (25), followed by Lapu-Lapu City at three (3) and Mandaue City at two (2). Among the provinces, Negros Oriental remains the province with the greatest number of cases at four (4), followed by Cebu Province at three (3) and Bohol at one (1). Siquijor remains to have no case of COVID-19.
In terms of laboratory negative, Cebu City also has the highest number of cases that have already cleared the virus in their system. Fourteen (14) of the twenty-one (21) confirmed laboratory negative from previously confirmed are residents of Cebu City, two (2) are from Mandaue City and one (1) from Lapu-Lapu City. For the provinces, Negros Oriental has two (2) with Cebu and Bohol Province with one (1) each.
The new cases being contacts of a confirmed case highlights the importance of following our containment measures. The need to stay home and avoid or limit contact with sick members of the family or community can keep the transmission low.
For our sick citizens, self-isolation while not yet seeking consult should be followed. This is the only way we can prevent passing on the virus or other infections to fellow residents in our houses or buildings. We advise sick individuals to use masks and be isolated in a separate room for the duration of their symptoms. Members of the household should practice proper and regular handwashing and regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces in the homes with alcohol based disinfectant or even bleach preparations as suggested.
It is very important to remember that disinfectants and bleach-based preparations or any other chemicals are for EXTERNAL USE ONLY. It means these are not safe to be in contact with our mouths, noses and eyes. Keeping our hands clean by proper handwashing with soap and water is still the best way to prevent the spread of infection. This is the time we trust evidence-based, scientifically sound actions.
Let us show concern for our own welfare, our families and our communities by doing our part.
Logic before panic towards the goal of healing as one community, people and country.
God bless us all.
JAIME S. BERNADAS, MD, MGM, CESO III