Covid-19 Isolation Facility opens, Cadiz hospital capacity increases

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson led the inauguration of the P33 million COVID-19 Isolation Facility at the Cadiz District Hospital in Cadiz City Friday, January 28.

The 100-bed facility will bring to 193 the total COVID-19 patient capacity at the hospital, said Lacson, who was on his first public outing since he recovered from the virus.

Lacson, who will return to work at the Capitol in Bacolod City on Monday, said the isolation facility at the renovated annex of the building used to be nursing school when the provincial government had a partnership with the Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology.

The isolation facility will help decongest the main section of the hospital that already has 124 COVID-19 admitted patients. The hospital has been provided with additional staff, he said.

Lacson said although the current COVID-19 strain, which is believed to be the Omicron variant, has a milder effect on those infected it is much more contagious. He said his having been fully vaccinated and having received a booster shot spared him from suffering from serious COVID-19 symptoms and being hospitalized.

If more beds are needed, Lacson said the provincial government can reopen the Valladolid District Hospital in Valladolid and the Valeriano M. Gatuslao Memorial District Hospital in Himamaylan City as COVID-19 facilities, he said.*

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