Davao City logs 397 COVID cases, 6 schools eyed as isolation facilities

Published June 17, 2021, 10:35 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) Davao Center for Health Development recorded 725 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region on Wednesday, June 16.

Based on the DOH Regional Situation Update on COVID-19, as of 5:00 pm today, the total number of active cases in the region has risen to 7,415.

A police officer checks the pertinent document of a motorist passing by a checkpoint in Davao City as the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) is extended until June 30. The city was initially reverted to MECQ from June 5 to 20 but it was extended due to surging Covid-19 cases. (Keith Bacongco)

Davao City recorded the most number of new cases with 397, followed by Davao Oriental with 125, Davao del Norte with 120, Davao de Oro with 41, Davao Occidental with 30, and Davao del Sur with 12.

Davao City’s total number of active COVID-19 cases is now at 4,022. Davao City has recorded 20,664 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 15,831 recoveries, and 811 deaths.

The DOH also recorded 297 new recoveries, including 97 from Davao del Norte, 71 from Davao Oriental, 47 from Davao City, 43 from Davao del Sur, 36 from Davao de Oro, and five from Davao Occidental.

Meanwhile, eight deaths were also reported on Wednesday. Two of the fatalities were from Davao Oriental, two from Davao del Sur, two from Davao City, and one each from Davao del Norte and Davao Occidental.

The continuing surge in cases has overwhelmed the hospitals and facilities in the region. The DOH reported that the capacity of Davao region’s ICU beds is now at 12%, isolation beds at 44.1%, ward beds at 32.8%, and mechanical ventilators at 38.5%.

Yesterday, the acting head of the City Health Office and COVID-19 focal person in Davao City, Dr. Ashley Lopez said the city is eyeing to convert six schools into isolation facilities.

“We have added several isolation facilities. We are considering six nga eskwelahan himuon o i-develop (six schools will be developed) as isolation facilities. As of Monday, isa pa lang ang nahimuan og assessment ang Mintal Elementary School (we have finished the assessment of Mintal Elementary School). We have five more. We have ongoing expansion for isolation facilities,” Lopez said during the COVID-19 Alert program of the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program.

Lopez also apologized to COVID-19 patients for the delays in fetching them including those who had contacts with COVID-19 patients.

“Hangyo lang pud ko sa inyong indulgence, patience sa atong sitwasyon run (We ask for your indulgence and patience with our current situation). We are under surge. We have overwhelming cases,” Lopez said.

“Di jud makaya ang 24 to 36 hours nga extraction. Samtang gapaabot sa extraction and transport team, pag-isolate sa jud mo sa inyong kwarto, pahatod lang mo og pagkaon (We have difficulty extracting positive patients within 24 to 36 hours. While waiting, those who tested positive can just isolate themselves in your rooms and have somebody deliver your food),” Lopez said.

Lopez said it is not their policy to allow home quarantine. However, he added that the surge of COVID-19 cases made the extraction of positive patients challenging.