DOH place Bacolod, NegOcc on highest COVID alert


The Department of Health in Western Visayas has placed the province of Negros Occidental and its capital city, Bacolod, under highest COVID-19 alert as cases continue to increase as of Monday, September 20.

In its latest bulletin, the health department said that both the city and the province were placed at alert level 4 as case counts are high or increasing and health care capacity is at high utilization.

According to DOH 6, positivity rate in the province was almost doubled from September 2 to 15 as compared to its positivity rate of only2.92% from August 19 to September 1. But while the province is on high alert, its risk classification remains moderate, said the health bureau.

Based on the latest COVID-19 case count released by DOH 6 yesterday afternoon, the province recorded a total of 330 fresh cases, bringing the total active COVID-19 cases to 3, 132, with five new deaths.

Bacolod City on the other hand was tagged under high risk classification with a total of 1,836 active cases, including the 110 new cases recorded yesterday. It also reported 4 new deaths.

The city continues to encourage unvaccinated individuals to take advantage of the free vaccines that the city has been offering in various vaccination centers and through the Vax-i.

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A free vaccination drive for pregnant women who are on their second or third trimester (3 months and above), and breastfeeding mothers will be conducted at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central on tomorrow, September 22 and the last day of the month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p. m.

This will be spearheaded by the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF), COVID-19 Vaccination Council (CoVaC), and the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS)- Negros Occidental Chapter.

Expectant mothers and breastfeeding mothers interested to get vaccinated on said dates are required to bring the following:
1. Medical Certificate from their OB
2. Ultrasound Result
3. Mother’s Book from Health Center

The EOC-TF urges pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to have themselves vaccinated, as they are more likely to experience severe illness due to COVID-19.

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