AS CEBU City is seeing a downtrend in its Covid-19 cases, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has temporarily closed seven barangay isolation centers (BICs), while only five of the seven isolation hotels were accommodating persons who tested positive for the respiratory disease as of Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.

Of the 10 BICs in Cebu City, only the BICs in Zapatera and Banilad and the Mega Stay-in Center at Cebu City Sports Center remain open as quarantine facilities for asymptomatic individuals.

The BICs in Talamban, Guadalupe, City Central School, Mabolo, Labangon, San Nicolas and Don Sergio Osmeña Sr. Memorial High School were temporarily closed because the former occupants of these facilities have recovered from Covid-19.

As to the isolation hotels, there are no more asymptomatic individuals staying in Sampaguita Suites and Griffin Hotel.

Only Travel Bee Fuente, Travel Bee Capitol, Cebu Grand Hotel, Hotel Pier Cuatro and In & Go have occupants, but not all of them are from Cebu City as other local government units are using the isolation hotels for their asymptomatic Covid-19 cases.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the EOC, also announced that as of Monday, the critical care occupancy rate in 15 private and public hospitals in Cebu City was 28 percent.

The occupancy at the Cebu City Quarantine Center was only 10 percent, Garganera said.

Garganera welcomed the decrease in the hospitals’ critical care utilization rate, saying medical frontliners would be able to rest as they had a stressful month last August, during which the occupancy rate in hospitals reached 80 percent.

All in all, Cebu City has fully vaccinated 319,296 of the 738,353 people who signed up for Covid-19 vaccination at

Garganera said Cebu City had only 499 Covid-19 active cases, as of Oct. 10. (PAC / KAL)