More Davao frontliners infected by coronavirus

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A TOTAL of 635 healthcare workers (HCWs) in the entire Davao Region were affected by Covid-19 since the pandemic hit the region in March this year, according to a report from the Department of Health-Davao Region (DOH-Davao).

Based on DOH-Davao's Davao Region Weekly Situationer, as of October 19, out of the 635 infected HCWs, 496 have already recovered, while 135 are still recovering. Four HCWs, however, died due to Covid-19.

Most of those who were infected are nurses with 164 cases, wherein two of them died. This was followed by physicians with 94, nurse attendants with 56, medical technologist with 35 and other HCWs with 59. None of these HCW professions had recorded deaths.

DOH-Davao also recorded 63 non-medical staff who were infected with the novel coronavirus. Two of them died, which has recorded the highest case fatality rate of 3.2 percent, compared to the 1.2 percent case fatality rate of the nurses who succumbed to the virus.

There were also 160 non-medical HCWs and frontliners who were infected by the virus. No deaths were recorded.

DOH-Davao, however, did not give a breakdown per Covid-19 designated hospital.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Tagum City are currently the only Covid-19 designated hospitals in the region. While the Davao Doctors Hospital-Dumoy Satellite in Davao City is designated as a Covid-19 satellite facility.

SunStar Davao tried to ask DOH-Davao Director Annabelle Yumang for further details in the recent data of Covid-19 infected HCWs during a virtual presser on Wednesday, October 21 but failed to get a response.

As of October 20, DOH-Davao recorded a total of 4,156 Covid-19 cases, wherein 843 are active cases, the highest recorded number since the pandemic hit the region in March this year.

Meanwhile, based on DOH's bed utilization rate as of October 19, the region's hospital beds remain at the "warning zone" level.

Out of the 124 ward beds, 67.74 percent are already occupied, while 40.37 percent of the 493 isolation beds are already occupied. Around 52 percent of the 50 intensive care unit (ICU) beds are already occupied.

According to DOH, a critical utilization rate whose occupancy level between 71 and 100 percent is considered a "danger zone" level. An occupancy rate level between 31 to 70 percent is considered a "warning zone," and under "safe zone" when it is from one to 30 percent.

Yumang said DOH continues to coordinate with the different Covid-19-designated hospitals to cater to more Covid-19 patients, with the anticipation of more admitted Covid-19 patients due to rising recorded cases.


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