DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental has recorded more recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the past four days as positive cases appear to be decreasing, said Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, on Tuesday afternoon.
Estacion, the health committee chair of the province’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in a virtual press briefing, said the number of cases "did not just plateau but it is going down”.
She, however, said she could not yet give a daily average as her office is still collating the data.
Records show that the daily number of active infections in the province is now below 200 that is lower compared with previous weeks’ data.
Estacion said on Feb. 19-22, they received a total of 523 throat swab test results, of which 471 were negative (with 50 recoveries), 23 were new positive cases, and 29 were repeat swab positive infections.
The new recoveries are from Dumaguete City (23); Bayawan City (five); Guihulngan City (three); La Libertad, Amlan, Ayungon, Manjuyod, Tanjay City, and Valencia (two each); Bacong, Bindoy, Bais City, Canlaon City, Pamplona, Sibulan, and Siaton (one each).
The new positive infections are from Tanjay City and Sta. Catalina (five each); Dumaguete City (four); Guihulngan City and Basay (two each); Bayawan City, Siaton, Canlaon City, Jimalalud, and Sibulan (one each).
Meanwhile, Estacion reported a new mortality, an 81-year-old-female from Barangay Agan-an, Sibulan, who died today.
As of Feb. 23, the total caseload in Negros Oriental is 1,661, broken down into 1,490 recoveries, 118 active positive cases, and 53 mortalities, she said.
Dumaguete still has the highest number of active cases at 36.
The province has conducted a total of 31,728 swab tests since the start of the pandemic, Estacion said. (PNA)