The Negros Occidental COVID-19 active cases were nearing 2,000 and its death toll rose to 69 on Monday, September 13.
Negros Occidental had 1,994 active COVID-19 cases and eight new deaths on Monday, the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) reported.
The province has had 24,696 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, 22,036 recoveries and 666 deaths, the PIMT added.
But Negros Occidental remains a moderate risk area under alert level 3, the Department of Health said Monday.
Meanwhile, an advisory from the Corazon Locsin Motelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City said it will no longer accept non-COVID cases under its Department of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Ward will be closed until further notice.
It will undergo thorough disinfection to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital employees and incoming patients, it said.
Acceptance of referrals from local government units and hospitals will be temporarily suspended except for confirmed COVID-19 pediatric patients subject to availability of beds, the advisory said.*