The number of active COVID-19 cases sharply increases to 335 following the confirmation of 126 additional cases, mostly those exposed to family members or co-workers, reported Thursday.
Eight COVID-19 patients have also recovered but a senior citizen, who was admitted to hospital with symptoms of Influenza Like Illness, became the latest fatality.
The 126 new COVID-19 cases are the combined results of those tested in the hospitals, PESU and during the massive swab testing last Monday.
Hence, since the city was affected by the pandemic from January 30, 2020 to June 3, 2021 the city currently has 335 active COVID cases; 822 recoveries and 43 deaths.
The 126 new COVID-19 cases are residents of the following barangays: Bagacay (5); Bajumpandan (3); Balugo (2); Banilad (8); Bantayan (7); Batinguel (1); Buñao (2); Cadawinonan (1); Calindagan (18); Candau-ay (5); Daro (10); Junob (4); Looc (5); Motong (4); Piapi (27); Poblacion 5 (2); Poblacion 6 (1); Poblacion 7 (1); Poblacion 8 (4); Pulantubig (6); Tabuc-tubig (3) and Taclobo (7).
All the known close contacts of these new COVID-19 cases including several persons with symptoms of Influenza Like Illness are quarantined and will undergo RT PCR swab tests.
The massive swab testing of close contacts of COVID-19 is necessary to help authorities promptly identify, isolate and treat those, who will be found positive of the virus, which is a strategy to bring down the surge of cases.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has already sought the assistance of national officials so that more COVID-19 vaccines will be sent directly to Dumaguete City to inoculate as many people, particularly the senior citizens, as possible.
Although the City Government has allocated P 30 million for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines, but the procurement of these vaccines are controlled by the national government. The Department Health sends vaccines to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Negros Oriental, which divides the available doses to the 25 cities and municipalities.