AT LEAST 16 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) were recorded from June 13 to June 19, 2022 out of 1,796 laboratory test results, representing a 0.89 percent positivity rate, the Department of Health in Eastern Visayas said Monday, June 20, 2022.

“With the downgraded alert level status in the different parts of the region and the gradual decline of our Covid-19 cases in the region, let us continue to be vigilant and practice the minimum public health standards in all settings,” the regional health department said.

As of Monday, the region’s total number of Covid-19 cases is 62,105, with total recoveries at 61,421 (98.89 percent) and total deaths at 669 (1.07 percent), bringing the total active cases to 15 (0.02 percent).

According to DOH, there are zero severe cases admitted in the hospitals due to Covid-19.

Out of 53 intensive care unit (ICU) beds intended for patients with Covid-19, only 7 (13.46 percent) are occupied.

Meanwhile, 18.64 percent of 1,207 non-ICU Covid-19 beds are currently being used.

“The public is also reminded that intensified vaccination roll out against Covid-19 is still being conducted all over the region. Vaccines are still our best defense against the virus and its variants,” the health department said.

According to DOH, 2,727,588 individuals or 69.5 percent of the target population in Eastern Visayas have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while 305,415 individuals have already received their booster shots. “On the other hand, 69.3 percent of our target A2 population have already received their primary series,” it added.

On June 17, Eastern Visayas also received another 100,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

The new delivery includes 60,000 doses of Sinovac and 40,000 doses of Moderna vaccines.

The vaccines will be temporarily stored at the DOH regional office for further allocation and distribution to the different provinces and local government units in Eastern Visayas.

The region has already received a total of 8,160,780 doses of Covid-19 vaccines since the start of its vaccination campaign.

“As we gear towards the roll-out of second booster shots all over Eastern Visayas, we encourage the public to get vaccinated, whether for the primary series or the booster doses, while our vaccine supply is available and sufficient,” the DOH said. (SunStar Philippines)