Bacoor records 522 COVID-19 cases, half Cavite’s total; consults NTF on testing and isolation facilities

Published July 23, 2020, 3:29 PM

by Carla Bauto Deña

The city government announced on Thursday (July 23) 20 new cases of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), raising its total number of cases to 522, almost half of Cavite’s total COVID-19 count.

According to the city’s data, almost 60 percent of its COVID-19 cases involved residents who returned to work in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Bacoor’s woes are shared by other cities and municipalities across the province. Governor Jonvic Remulla previously said that almost 80 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cavite are those who frequent NCR for work or other engagements.

According to July 22 data from the Department of Health (DOH)-Center for Health Development Region 4A, Cavite has 1,009 COVID-19 cases, 623 of which are active. As of July 22, Bacoor has recorded 302 active cases, 189 recoveries, and 31 deaths.

On Thursday (July 23), the Bacoor City Task Force COVID-19 consulted National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon as well as representatives from the Department of Health Region 4A about steps to take amid the city’s surging cases.

During the consultation, it was agreed that Bacoor needs additional isolation and quarantine facilities as well as a more aggressive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing strategy.

Bacoor Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla called on NCR companies to provide isolation assistance to employees who test positive for COVID-19 to help curb household infection and local transmission.

Dizon assured the commitment of the National Task Force (NTF) for COVID-19 to help local government units  deal with rising numbers of cases of the coronavirus. The testing czar also turned over 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) sets and 2,000 PCR test kits from DOH to the city government.