NegOcc seeks escalation to GCQ status

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, April 10 (PIA) –- The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental requested the Inter-Agency Task Force for an escalation of its community quarantine status from Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) to General Community Quarantine (GCQ) amid triple digit cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province.

Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, in a meeting with the Western Visayas Joint Regional IATF and RTF, April 10, said the request for GCQ status until April 30 is for stricter quarantine status "if only to control the movement of Negrosanons to curb the spread of the virus."

“Our only basis is this: for the past three days, our numbers have increased in three digits everyday.  This has never happened with us last year and so we don’t want to wait, therefore we request for the escalation,” Lacson said.

The Joint Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) - Regional Task Force approves the request of Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for an escalation of the community quarantine status of the province to General Community Quarantine subject to the approval of the National IATF which is set to meet, April 10. *(EAD-PIA6 photo)

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development Office 6 has classified Negros Occidental including Bacolod City as moderate in terms of Risk Classification.

According to DOH-CHD 6 Infectious Disease Cluster Head Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, with the moderate risk classification, this is equivalent to a GCQ status looking at the daily growth rate and daily rate in the past two weeks comparing to the previous weeks.

Among the provinces and highly urbanized cities, the highest daily cases reported is in Negros Occidental with 50 cases per day followed by Bacolod City and Iloilo Province with 30 cases per day, DOH-CHD6 record showed.

In Negros Occidental, the COVID Ward Beds Utilization Rate is at 77.98 percent while the isolation beds utilization rate is at 34.62 percent.

“We also see a shift from asymptomatic to mild symptomatic cases. And our major indicator for escalation is the increase in health care utilization rate, which Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have seen increase in the utilization of our COVID beds,” Juanico added.

The Joint Task Force endorsed to the National IATF the request of the Governor for the Province of Negros Occidental to be escalated to GCQ
status from April 15 to April 30, 2021. *(JBG/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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