PHOTO CAPTION: The COVID-19 occupancy in Capitol-managed hospitals in Negros Occidental is going down along with the positivity rate, data from the provincial government showed./iNEWS
BACOLOD CITY–Some bit of good news: the hospital occupancy and the positivity rate in the province of Negros Occidental are steadily dropping.
This, according to Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, a day after he met with officials of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT).
He added that some towns and cities in the province are also now recording a dip in the number of active COVID-19 cases with the exception of Kabankalan City, which is logging a slight increase.
As of July 21, the PIMT reported 1,613 active COVID-19 cases in the province.
Data also shows that the areas of Candoni, Don Salvador Benedicto, Pontevedra, and Toboso show 0 to 10 active COVID-19 cases.
Areas previously identified as hotspots such as San Carlos City have also seen a drastic drop from around 200 earlier this year to just between 11 and 30 active cases recently.
“Everything is still in place and being managed, including the schedule of vaccinations, which the local government units have to respect and implement,” Diaz said.
With the threat of the Delta variant, Diaz said they are now considering using their procured AstraZeneca vaccines as a booster shot for their health workers who have already completed their Sinovac jabs, citing reports from Indonesia of health workers getting infected with the said variant of COVID-19, including 160 who eventually died.
“I’ve asked the Provincial Health Office to study the possibility of using AstraZeneca as a booster shot to fight the Delta variant,” he added.
Earlier, the provincial government received 2,900 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the 100,000 doses they ordered at the beginning of this year.
The British/Swedish-made vaccine is currently being used to inoculate those belonging to the A4 category, or the frontline economic workers in the province.
The doses, however, are still in scant supply, and Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has expressed disappointment over the meager shipments especially since, he said, they were led to believe the AstraZeneca vaccines would be the first to arrive in the country. (Eugene Y. Adiong/iNEWS-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)