By Minerva Newman
CEBU CITY – Central Visayas has two new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases bringing the total to 38 as of April 11.
The two new cases were both residents of Cebu City and were contacts of a confirmed case, the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas Center for Health Development (CVHD) reported Saturday.
DOH-7 Regional Director Jaime Barnadas said there were 138 test results that were released through the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center Sub-National Laboratory (VSMMC SNL) on April 11, and three specimens tested positive with one that was a repeat test of a previously confirmed case. The two other results were new COVID-19 cases for the region.
Bernadas noted that the total negative cases in Central Visayas increased to 21m and there was no additional death. Total mortality due to COVID-19 in the region remained at eight.
As of April 11, Cebu City still has the largest number of cases now at 25, followed by Lapulapu City and Mandaue City at three and two cases respectively. Among the other Central Visayas provinces, Negros Oriental has four confirmed cases, Cebu province has three, Bohol has one, while Siquijor remained free of the coronavirus, DOH-7 said.
Bernadas also highlighted that, in terms of laboratory negative test results, Cebu City has the highest number of cases that have already cleared the virus from their system with 14 of the 21 confirmed laboratory negatives.
“The new cases being contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case highlights the importance of following 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,” Bernadas added.
He further urged the public to continue following government guidelines and protocols such as for the sick citizens, self-isolation while not yet seeking consult should be strictly followed.
According to Bernadas it was the only way to prevent passing on the virus or other infections to fellow residents in houses or buildings.
“We advise sick individuals to use masks and be isolated in a separate room for the duration of their symptoms. Household members should practice proper and regular hand washing, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects or surfaces at homes with alcohol-based disinfectant or even bleach preparations,” he added.