Sunday, October 17, 2021

Cebu cases logged since start of '21 more than double last year

IN THE first seven and a half months of 2021, Cebu has already recorded more than double the 23,172 Covid-19 cases it recorded in the whole of 2020.

Data from the Aug. 13, 2021 bulletin of the Department of Health 7 show that the entire Cebu has recorded 54,929 Covid-19 cases so far this year, 137 percent more than the cases recorded in the entire 2020.

The first Covid-19 case in Cebu was reported on March 18, 2020 in Mandaue City.

Cebu City accounted for the bulk of the 54,929 cases reported this year at 41 percent of cases or 22,569 cases, followed by Cebu Province, 18,184 cases (33 percent); Lapu-Lapu City, 7,515 cases (14 percent); and Mandaue City, 6,661 cases (12 percent).

With its 3,913 active cases on Aug. 13, Cebu City also eclipsed its all-time-high 3,852 active cases recorded on July 7, 2020 as it now battles a third wave of Covid-19 cases that has overwhelmed its hospitals.

Cebu Province, which comprises 44 towns and six component cities, makes up 64 percent of Cebu island’s population. Cebu City makes up 19 percent; Lapu-Lapu, 10 percent; and Mandaue, seven percent.

In terms of number of deaths in the entire Cebu, the 1,291 deaths so far this year are approaching the whole-year 2020 total of 1,384 deaths.

More than half of the deaths this year or 56 percent were recorded in Cebu Province (730 deaths), followed by Cebu City with 335 deaths (26 percent), Lapu-Lapu City with 124 deaths (10 percent) and Mandaue City with 102 deaths (eight percent).

The first wave of Covid-19 cases in Cebu was reported in May 2020.

The second wave occurred in the early months of this year following the Christmas and New Year holidays, the first arrival of Covid-19 variants and the general complacency of residents in following health protocol after cases dropped at yearend.


On Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, Dr. Helen Madamba, chief of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center’s (VSMMC) Professional and Allied Health Services (Medical Social Service and Health Information Management), said majority of Covid-19 mortalities recorded in the hospital during the first eight days of August this year were unvaccinated.

From Aug. 1 to 8, they logged 47 Covid-19 deaths and 90 percent, or 42, were not vaccinated, she said.

“So, if you want to protect yourself, get yourself vaccinated,” she said during the virtual hospital tour of the VSMMC on Friday.

VSMMC is a Department of Health (DOH)-retained hospital.

As of Friday, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in VSMMC is 3,366, while the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases confined in the hospital is 189.

The hospital has logged 1,371 recoveries and moved 781 patients to isolation centers.

Since the start of the pandemic, the VSMMC has logged 832 deaths.

As of Friday, 90 of the 99 dedicated Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit beds in the VSMMC are occupied, or a utilization rate of 91 percent, while 174 of the 197 expanded Covid-19 beds are also in use.

Dr. Reynette Christine Ligaray, chief of the Medical Service Division of the VSMMC, said the VSMMC intends to temporarily use the new Center for Behavioral Sciences (CBS) building to accommodate 80 non-Covid patients.

She said the new CBS building was built to house “potentially violent or maybe agitated” patients only to be converted into a vaccination center for VSMMC employees and other government employees during the pandemic.

“We intend to use this for moving in of our non-Covid patients so that we can free some of the beds in the main hospital to be converted into beds for Covid,” she said.

Over 100 dead

In Cebu City, City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), said the city breached the 100-mark on the number of deaths due to Covid-19 in the first 13 days of August.

Garganera said that as of Friday, the EOC has recorded 106 Covid deaths, including the 11 new deaths recorded that day.

Of the 11 deaths, three were between the ages of 71 and 80, two between the ages of 81 and 90, two between the ages of 61 and 70, two between the ages of 41 and 50 and two between the ages of 31 and 40.

Based on the EOC data, the number of Covid deaths in the city since the pandemic began is 1,072, higher than the 1,025 recorded by the DOH 7.

The city’s case fatality rate is 3.20 percent.

The EOC data also show that Cebu City currently has 3,488 active cases.

Only five of the city’s 80 barangays have not recorded any active Covid-19 transmission for the past 10 days.

Between Aug. 4 and Aug. 13, Barangay Guadalupe logged the most number of cases with 194, followed by Talamban with 169, Tisa with 159, Lahug with 116 and Camputhaw with 113.

As of Thursday, Aug. 12, the critical care utilization rate in 15 hospitals in Cebu City is 77.5 percent, which is considered high risk.

However, the DOH earlier noted that hospitals include admission of mild and asymptomatic cases. (WBS, JJL)


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