Cebu city seeing slight decrease in COVID cases

Published August 26, 2021, 2:49 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – A slight decrease of new COVID-19 infections has been noted here “but it is still too early to tell.”

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), disclosed that for the past week, the city only averaged around 200 new cases a day.

“It is too early to tell but this is the result of the enforcement of our protocols,” said Garganera.

Garganera also credited the efforts of the police, Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement (PROBE) team, Task Force Kasaligan and other force multipliers.

The city remains under modified enhanced community quarantine.

“The Executive Order that prevents the selling of liquors and banning of gatherings also helped,” said Garganera.

Garganera said occupancy rate of hospitals has also improved after the city helped deploy additional health personnel.

The EOC has also made some arrangements with hospitals for a smoother admission of patients.

“We have arrangements wherein it is the EOC which brings a patient to the hospital and fortunately, the accommodation has been fast unlike before,” said Garganera said.

Garganera added that from 190, the active COVID-19 cases involving health workers have gone down to 150.

“These are medical workers who are Cebu City residents working in 23 hospitals, facilities and laboratories in Metro Cebu,” said Garganera.

The recently launched Cebu TeleGaBAI was also a big help in the city’s COVID-19 response, Garganera said.

A project by the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu TeleGaBAI offers medical consultation through its hotline numbers or Facebook page.

“TeleGaBAI is a big help. You don’t have to go to the hospital for consultations. They have licensed physicians and around 150 PGIs (postgraduate medical interns),” said Garganera.

Based on the Department of Health-Central Visayas data, the city tallied 200 new cases last Wednesday, August 25, pushing its active cases to 4,617.

Garganera said COVID-19 cases involving minors or those aged 0 to 17 have increased in the last two weeks with an average of 10 to 12 cases daily.

“Most of these are home transmissions. That’s why those who go out for work or other essentials have to be mindful all the time because unknowingly, we are already bringing the virus at home,” said Garganera.