The number of COVID cases in Negros Oriental has shockingly increased by three times from January 10 to January 14. This comes as the province was placed under stricter Alert Level 3 starting today, January 16 until January 31, 2022.
Negros Oriental COVID Cases
On Monday, January 10, Negros Oriental COVID active cases tally to 63. By Friday, January 14, the cases tripled and tallied to 196 active cases. Out of 196, 147 are new active cases. Meanwhile, there were 17 new recoveries as of January 14 and only 2 new deaths.
The total COVID-19 isolation bed capacity in the province was at 24% as of January 14, which is up to 17% as of January 10. However, COVID-19 bed utilization at the Silliman University Medical Center (SUMC) in Dumaguete City jumped from 29% or 19 beds on Monday, January 10, to 49% or 32 beds on Friday, January 14.
In response to this surge, the provincial government was drafting an executive order (EO) detailing restrictions under Alert Level 3. According to the Incident Commander of the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force (PIATF) Dr. Liland Estacion, there was a plan to unify the border protocols for the provinces of Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental.
Negros Oriental Almost Halfway to Vaccination Target
The province announced that 40.2% of its target population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Friday report of Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, 398,260 out of 990,637 have complete doses. This includes the one-shot Janssen vaccine. Dr. Estacion appealed to the unvaccinated people to get their jabs at the earliest possible time, especially with the threat of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. For those who are already fully vaccinated, booster shots are available for walk-ins.