Sun.Star Cebu

DOH 7 TO MONITOR COVID-19 CASES 2 WEEKS AFTER POLLS

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THE Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) will have to wait for at least two weeks to observe if a surge of coronaviru­s disease (Covid-19) cases might occur after the May 9 elections.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 chief pathologis­t, told SunStar Cebu that Covid-19 cases in Central Visayas remain low as of May 11, 2022, adding that only one case was reported on the same day, particular­ly in Cebu City.

Loreche said the total active cases in the entire region was only 125.

She, however, said while the current Covid-19 situation in the region is stable, this may not be a true reflection of cases as testing has decreased as well.

“Somehow, it is a cause for concern if no testing is conducted especially for those with symptoms and those with commorbidi­ties,” Loreche said.

The DOH 7 official further said treatment and management might be delayed and spread of the virus may happen amid the decreasing number of Covid-19 testing.

She said people may not want to get tested positive for the virus and be isolated while others probably prefer to undergo quarantine by themselves without undergoing a test.

“Maybe they are more confident now in handling Covid,” Loreche said.

Loreche earlier said a spike in cases by middle of May is “very possible” amid the complacenc­y on social distancing and on the proper use of face masks while borders are already open and vaccinatio­n coverage in some areas still needs ramping up.

But she also said the “rumors on post-election lockdowns are baseless, for now.” Loreche said the positivity rate in Central Visayas remain very low at 0.57 percent while the capacity utilizatio­n rate (CUR) for both DOH-retained or public hospitals and private hospitals are within the safe numbers or well below the 60 percent CUR.

The CUR in public hospitals as of May 10 was at 35.7 percent while 9.5 percent in private hospitals as of May 7.

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