There has been a slight decline in COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Monday, October 18.
“We are happy about the trend, hopefully, the worst is over for our fellow Negrenses,” he said.
The COVID-19 active cases in Negros Occidental dropped from 4,443 on October 13 to 4,059 on Monday, October 18, the Provincial Incident Management Team reported.
The Department of Health on Monday classified Negros Occidental as a low risk area for COVID-19 under Alert Level 2.
Bacolod City remained a moderate risk area under Alert Level 4, the DOH said.
Diaz said the number of COVID-positive Negrenses at the Negros Occidental quarantine facilities in Cadiz City, EB Magalona, Silay City and at the Mambukal Resort in Murcia have dropped.
However, occupancy at COVID-19 designated hospitals remains high.
He said occupancy at the Cadiz District Hospital was at 102 percent, Valladolid District Hospital – 92 percent and the Valeriano M. Gastulao Memorial District Hospital in Himamaylan City – 66.67 percent.
There are still a lot of patients suffering from moderate and severe cases of COVID-19, he said.
Negros Occidental cannot let its guard down because 4,059 active COVID-19 cases are still a big number, he said.
Although the COVID-19 positivity rate has been dropping, Negrenses are still in danger of being infected by the virus, he warned.*