EOC: Late consult leads to hospitalization, death

BACOLOD CITY, June 4 (PIA) –- Amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, the Bacolod Emergency Operations Center (EOC) warned those with symptoms to seek early consultation as seeking late medical consult leads to hospitalization risk, or worse, death.

EOC data showed that consultation made on four days or more after the onset of symptoms increases chance of being hospitalized, being placed on a mechanical ventilator, or of dying while sustaining or extending exposure of other household members to infection.

Dr. Rosalie Deocampo, EOC contact tracing head, advised that those exhibiting symptoms should not go to work anymore and must call in sick to work.

"Go to the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center or any clinic of your choice for check-up and COVID-19 RT-PCR test for early detection, isolation, and treatment. Strictly observe minimum health protocols to prevent further spread of the infection," Deocampo said.

The Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center located at the BAYS Center, in front of the Bacolod Public Plaza, continues to offer free medical consultation and COVID-19 swabbing for those who have symptoms.

Based on the EOC Contact Tracing report on May 31, a total of 41 individuals turned out positive for COVID-19 due to household transmission.

It also show that 47 percent of 663 individuals who sought consultation and were swabbed within a 14-day period from May 18 to May 31, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The EOC is doubling its containment and mitigating efforts, including contact tracing, swabbing, isolating, healthcare capacity management, and information education campaign. *(LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negro Occidental)

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

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