AT LEAST 10 individuals succumbed to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the province daily, the Philippine College of Physicians-Negros Occidental chapter said.
Dr. Ronel Sario, PCP-Negros Occidental chapter president, told SunStar Bacolod Saturday, September 25, that they are alarmed over the worsening Covid-19 cases in the province and the highly urbanized City of Bacolod.
Sario said based on the data they collected, at least 93 percent of the Covid-19 casualties were not vaccinated.
He said almost all of the hospitals in Negros Occidental and Bacolod declared that they already reached full capacity.
The present scenario in most areas in the province and the city were amplified due to scarcity of healthcare workers and medicines against Covid-19, Sario said.
“We would like to inform the public of the situation so they will not be complacent especially that the variants that we have are more contagious,” the doctor said.
In a statement, the PCP reminded the public to be extra cautious, follow health protocols, avoid going out if not necessary, inform their employers when experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, and get vaccinated against the disease.
As of Friday, both Bacolod and Negros Occidental have been placed by the Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayaas under Alert Level 4 in terms of Covid-19 transmission.
The two-week growth rate of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City is at 74 and 63 percent, respectively, DOH records showed. It added that the health care utilization rates in Bacolod City are now at 86 percent and 75.93 percent for Negros Occidental.
As to the daily average attack rate or the number of infections daily, Bacolod stood at 19.86 percent, while Negros Occidental was at 7.81 percent.
The positivity rate in the capital city was at 18 percent and 23 percent for the province.