1 additional Covid-19 case in Central Visayas; total now at 35

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THE Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas has recorded one new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case and two additional deaths in the region Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The DOH-Central Visayas, with the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center sub-national laboratory, released Sunday 84 results and one of which was positive for the new virus. The rest was negative.

This brought the total number of Covid-19 cases in the region to 35.

The additional case recorded Sunday is a resident of Lapu Lapu City, which now has three cases.

Cebu City remains the city with the highest number of cases in the region, with 22, followed by Lapu Lapu with three, and Mandaue City with two.

Among the component provinces in the region, Negros Oriental logged the highest number of cases with four, followed by Cebu Province with three and Bohol with one case. Siquijor remains to be Covid-19-free.

Aside from the confirmed cases, the DOH also logged two new deaths, bringing the mortality count to eight. The two new deaths are from Cebu City and Cebu Province.

The total number of patients who have recovered after testing negative for the virus is now at 10.

The DOH-Central Visayas said its ability to detect, diagnose and treat Covid-19 cases is dependent on those persons with symptoms and seeking consultation.

Although majority (about 80 percent) of cases are mild, the DOH-Central Visayas said there is still a small (about 20 percent) group that would present with severe symptoms.

The most vulnerable group is composed of those 60 years old and above, especially those with other medical conditions, those at any age with existing health problems, and those who are pregnant.

Meanwhile, the ARC Hospitals in Lapu-Lapu City, the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center (GCGMMC) in Bohol, and the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) in Negros Oriental are being considered for Covid-19 testing.

As of Sunday, the DOH, in its daily monitoring of accreditation status of health facilities, said the ARC Hospitals and the NOPH are in the level one, while the GCGMMC is on level two of the five steps for accreditation. (WBS)


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