EOC rings “alarm bells” as COVID cases spike anew, urges Bacolodnons to get vaccinated

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— The Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) in this city has an urgent message to Bacolodnons to get the anti-COVID-19 vaccine now as cases for this month continue to rise.

Per its comparative, EOC said current figure on COVID deaths stands at 122 against the year-ago level of only 76 at the end of September 30, 2020.

“Our number of deaths this year as of September 28, 2021 almost doubled and we are averaging 109 infections daily. Our health frontliners are pointing out that those experiencing severe COVID cases in hospitals are those who remain unvaccinated,” City Administrator Em Ang of the EOC said.

With the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases Ang said the city has put the focus back on prevention.l, especially with the threat brought by the highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain known as Delta.

This continued rise in cases is happening despite our round-the-clock efforts to give COVID jabs. The highest spread of cases and severe outcomes is happening in places with low vaccination rates, and virtually all hospitalizations and deaths have been among the unvaccinated, according to CHO OIC Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr.

Bacolodnons, EOC Deputy for Medical Dr. Chris Sorongon said, are assured of higher chances of surviving the pandemic.

Ang recalled that a 73-year old fully vaccinated patient stricken with COVID survived the virus as against her 35- and 39-year-old unvaccinated sons, who apparently looked healthier on the outset, but succumed to the disease.

“We, in the city government and EOC, therefore, are reiterating this appeal: Go get the vaccine now,” Mayor Evelio Leonardia stressed.

SERIOUS COVID INFECTION RATE

To illustrate the seriousness of the situation, Dr. Rosalie Deocampo, EOC deputy for contact-tracing cluster, shared that on September 25, Bacolod had 140 infections, 90 of which were household transmissions, while 36 cases were of unknown origin.

Of the same total, she said, 75 were classified as new cases, while 65 were close contacts.

Six were infected at their workplace, 7 from gatherings or meetings outside of their household and 1 prison infection.

The following day, September 26, the city had 133 cases; 69 of which were new infections and 64 were close contacts, Deocampo explained.

Of the 133, some 92 cases were household infections, 41 were outside transmissions, 3 from the workplace, 36 were not known and 2 from hospital infections.

Last Monday, September 27, Deocampo disclosed that there were 151 cases, of which 60 were new cases, while 91 were close contacts.

COVID spreads right in our own homes, Deocampo said, pointing out that on September 27, about 110 were household transmissions, 41 originated from outside, 27 were not known, 2 from workplace, 3 from gatherings or meetings, 4 from hospital, 1 from dialysis center and 3 from prison.

Ang reminded Bacolodnons that like everything in life, this is an ongoing risk assessment. If it is raining and you’ll be outdoors, you bring an umbrella. If you are in a crowded gathering, potentially with unvaccinated people, you put your mask on and keep social distancing. If you are unvaccinated and eligible for the vaccine, the best thing you can do is to get vaccinated.

Recent studies show that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 continue to have strong protection compared to those who aren’t.

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