Only 12 brgys in Bacolod have ZERO COVID cases; DOH tags Bacolod as high-risk area

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Only 12 of Bacolod’s 61 barangays recorded zero cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks, after the Department of Health in Region 6 elevated the city’s COVID-19 status to ‘high-risk’ for infection due to an upward trend in the active cases.

Speaking at the Isyung Bakuna briefing yesterday, April 26, Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te said in the last 2 weeks DOH recorded a total of 585 cases in Bacolod as compared to only 206 cases in the previous 5-6 weeks. She added that the current average daily attack rate per 100,000 population has grown from 6.18% to 7.12%.

Of these active cases, 98 were from Brgy. Handumanan, 79 from Mansilingan, 74 in Estefania, 63 in Taculing. Barangay Villamonte meanwhile recorded 56, Mandalagan – 53, Tangub – 47, Alijis -44, Bata -33 and Vista Alegre -20. As of yesterday, Bacolod City Public Information Office said that only 12 out of 61 barangays in Bacolod have no reported COVID-19 cases in the last 2 weeks.

Bacolod is in red based on this illustration from DoH.

While most of the active cases are asymptomatic, Te said that Bacolod’s utilization rate of COVID beds stands at 41%, the highest in Western Visayas and almost doubled as compared to the region’s average utilization rate which only stands at 22%. As of yesterday, Bacolod has a total of 886 active cases.

Meanwhile in Negros Occidental, the city of San Carlos has the highest COVID-19 cases at 335 followed by Himamaylan with 201 and the city of Bago at the third spot with 123 cases.

According to Te, the DOH recommended localized lockdown and improve contact tracing efficiency to ensure that patients who contracted the virus are detected and isolated within 24 hours from the onset of the symptom or on the day of testing.

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