Dgte records 335 active, 126 new COVID-19 cases

DUMAGUETE CITY, June 4 (PIA) -- The number of active COVID-19 cases in the city jumped to 335 following the confirmation of 126 additional cases on Thursday.

Majority of the new cases are individuals who have been exposed to family members or co-workers with COVID-19. 

Eight COVID-19 patients have also recovered but a senior citizen, who was admitted at the hospital with symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI), became the latest fatality.

The 126 new COVID-19 cases are the combined results of those tested in the hospitals, PESU (Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit), and during the massive swab testing on Monday.  

Since the city was affected by the pandemic from Jan. 30, 2020 to June 3, 2021, the city currently has 335 active COVID-19 cases with 822 recoveries and 43 deaths.

The 126 new COVID-19 cases are residents of the following barangays: Bagacay (5); Bajumpandan (3); Balugo (2); Banilad (8); Bantayan (7); Batinguel (1); Buñao (2); Cadawinonan (1); Calindagan (18); Candau-ay (5); Daro (10); Junob (4); Looc (5); Motong (4); Piapi (27); Poblacion 5 (2); Poblacion 6 (1); Poblacion 7 (1); Poblacion 8 (4); Pulantubig (6); Tabuc-tubig (3); and Taclobo (7).

According to City Health Officer Dr. Sarah Talla, all the known close contacts of the new COVID-19 cases, including several persons with symptoms of ILI, have been quarantined and will undergo RT-PCR swab tests.

The massive swab testing of close contacts of COVID-19 patients is necessary to help authorities promptly identify, isolate and treat those who will be found positive of the virus, which is a strategy to bring down the surge of cases, said Talla.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has sought the assistance of national officials so that more COVID-19 vaccines will be sent directly to Dumaguete City to inoculate as many people as people, particularly the senior citizens. 

Although the city government has allocated P30-M for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines, the procurement of these vaccines are controlled by the national government. 

The Department of Health sends vaccines to the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Negros Oriental, which distirbutes the available doses to the 25 cities and municipalities. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO)

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

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