DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Negros Oriental has been significantly dropping over the last few weeks as a result of the imposition of higher quarantine classifications.
In a virtual presser on Wednesday, Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, COVID-19 incident commander of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), noted that the average number of daily active infections has dropped from around 3,000 to only about 400.
Estacion also reported that as of Aug. 4, the total caseload is 10,547, broken down into 9,904 recoveries, 428 active infections, and 215 mortalities.
The hospital bed capacity for COVID-19 cases also showed a significant drop from 100 percent or more to about 35 percent, she said.
Estacion said the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital reported a 20-percent bed capacity; Silliman University Medical Center, 50 percent; Holy Child Hospital, 35 percent; Ace Dumaguete Doctors Hospital, 40 percent; Negros Polymedic Hospital, 55 percent; Bayawan District Hospital, 20 percent; Guihulngan District Hospital, 45 percent; and Siaton District Hospital, 15 percent.
Negros Oriental was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine from June 15-30, which was extended from July 1-15, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The province was later downgraded to general community quarantine with heightened restrictions from July 16-31. The same classification was extended from Aug. 1-16.