A TOTAL of 78 healthcare workers in Cagayan de Oro City have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Wednesday, October 14, City Health Office Epidemiologist Dr. Joselito Retuya reported.
Retuya said three of the 78 frontliners from the City Health Office, a midwife and two barangay healthcare workers, have recovered from the virus.
Other medical personnel include doctors working at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center and private hospitals; municipal health officers, doctors assigned to the barrios, four nurses and five pharmacists under the Department of Health (DOH); two nurses at the JR Borja General Hospital; pharmacists, nursing attendants and one utility wardman each at the NMMC and JR Borja General Hospital.
Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), being the main Covid-19 referral hospital, has the most number of Covid-positive healthcare workers at 51, 45 of whom are residents of Cagayan de Oro, Retuya said.
Of the 51 personnel, 31 are active cases and 20 have recovered.
"Base sa among mga investigation dinhi sa NMMC, ang uban na mga empleyado, nakuha nila gyapon sa community, ang uban nakuha sa hospital," NMMC liaison officer Dr. Bernard Rocha said.
"In terms of natakdan sila sa community and napasa gyapon sa ilang mga kauban sa ilang mga respective units. There are also some of the employees nga gikan gyud sa pag duty sa atong EREID (emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases) enclosures, naay uban ana natakdan gyud anang Covid-19," he added.
Rocha added that most of the Covid-positive employees at the NMMC are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. Those who recovered have started going back to work.
City Mayor Oscar Moreno, for his part, said he understood why most of the healthcare workers prefer a lockdown be imposed in Cagayan de Oro City as they are the people who are at great risk of being infected by Covid-19.