Nine more Bacolod residents, four of whom are from the same household, have been hit by the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant, City Administrator Em Ang, Emergency Operations Center executive director, said Monday, September 13.
One of the four, who is a 57-year-old male, died.
This brings to 21 the total number of Bacolod residents confirmed by the Philippine Genome Center to have been hit by the Delta variant, she said.
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday, September 12, raised Bacolod City’s COVID-19 alert level to 4. The city also remains a high risk area for COVID-19, it added.
Ang said five of the new Delta cases in Bacolod are from Mandalagan, three from Villamonte and one from Alijis.
Ang said a 62-year-old female, 57-year-old male who died, 6-year-old female and 29-year-old male from the same household in Mandalagan were found positive for the Delta variant. Three other household members tested positive for COVID-19, she said.
A 20-year-old house helper is the fifth new Delta positive case in Mandalagan, she added.
Among those who were hit by the Delta variant in Villamonte is a 42-year-old City Health Office male nurse, a 35-year-old female BPO nurse, and a 65 year-old unemployed female whose five other household members tested positive for COVID-19.
A 58-year-old male driver from Barangay Alijis, whose workplace is in Villamonte, was also found poisitive for the Delta variant, Ang said.
All nine were symptomatic, Dr. Chris Sorongon, EOC Deputy for Medical Data and Analysis, said.
The houses of the Delta patients, who were swabbed again for COVID-19 tests, have been locked down pending release of their results, he said.*