Sixty-four percent of COVID-19 patients admitted in various hospitals in Bacolod City are in critical condition according to the latest advisory released by the Department of Health Western Visayas yesterday, May 10.
In a DOH “Isyung Bakuna” online briefing on the COVID-19 situation in Western Visayas Monday, Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te said that out 80 admissions in Bacolod, 51 are currently in critical state and 11 were tagged as severe cases. But despitethis, the city’s current COVID-19 situation was downgraded to moderate risk. As of yesterday, Bacolod has a total of 946 active cases, but only 23 new cases were recorded.
Te said that clustering of cases in Brgy. Handumanan has also started to decline and the health bureau has placed the barangay down to number 9 out of the 10 barangays with the most number of cases. Brgy. Mansilingan on the other hand was reported as the barangay with the most number of cases as of May 2 with 83 confirmed cases, followed by Estefania with 79 cases. Other barangays with more than 30 cases in Bacolod were Villamonte- 73, Taculing- 66, Mandalagan- 64, Alijis- 44, Granda- 41, Tangub- 28 and Singcang- 25.
In terms of beds utilization, DOH said Bacolod has the highest utilization at 61%. This is more than double than the region’s average utilization rate which is only at 28%.
But overall, DOH said that Western Visayas has started to see a slow decrease in the number of cases.
MORE GOV’T OFFICES CLOSED
Meanwhile, the Land Transportation Office in Bacolod City and the Commission on Elections in Bago City were recently closed after its personnel were hit by COVID-19. The Central Negros Electric Cooperative field office in Silay was also closed for disinfection according to a Facebook post of CENECO.
LTO Bacolod Chief Reuben Tampos said their office will remain closed until May 17. Meanwhile the CENECO management said that its Silay branch is set to re-open today while COMELEC Bago is scheduled to re-open on Monday next week.