DAVAO CITY, July 15 (PIA) - The Department of Health Davao Region reported 45 new cases of COVID 19 in the region yesterday bringing the total number of active cases to 321.
In the DOH XI COVID 19 Situationer, 38 of the new cases are from Davao City, two from Davao de Oro, two from Davao Oriental, two from Davao del Sur, and one from Davao del Norte.
The DOH XI is still verifying as to how many of these new cases are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
However, the DOH XI admitted that contributory to the increase of COVID 19 cases in the region is when the region started receiving LSIs and ROFs.
" Since the beginning of GCQ, a total of 9,598 ROFs and LSIs have already arrived in the region. Of which, 205 or 26.5% of the 773 cases yielded positive RT-PCR test results", said DOH XI Regional Director Dr. Anabelle Yumang.
Yumang further noted that Davao City alone recorded 58 COVID 19 cases of LSIs and ROFs; Davao de Oro reported 46; Davao del Norte has 56; Davao del Sur has 10; Davao Oriental has 35.
The DOH XI also attributed the increasing COVID 19 cases in the region with the availability of COVID19 testing facilities which are the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the Davao Region Medical Center (DRMC), and the Davao One World Diagnostics.
In its July 14 Situationer, the DOH XI has reported a total of 22,739 specimens processed in the 3 accredited testing laboratories. Of those processed, only 6.2% tested positive while 92.3% tested negative, while 302 are yet to be processed.
Using the RT-PCR test, only 4 percent or 773 of the 17,794 who got tested yielded a positive result. This retains the region's positivity rate at 4%.
The DOH XI assured the public that the Davao region has continued to manage the control of COVID 19 cases.
" Even if we had only one case, we already asked the public to be cautious. Now that we have cases in all our provinces, our LGUs are intensifying their precautionary measures to halt COVID 19. Our LGUs have their local task force on COVID 19 to ensure that minimum health standards are observed", Yumang said.
The DOH XI cited increasing bed capacity in Davao Region as part of the strategies to halt COVID 19.
In its July 14 situationer, a total of 6,430 COVID 19 beds from the different LGUs Temporary Treatment Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) were recorded. A total of 769 beds were added in one week's time from last week's 5,661 bed capacity.
Only 25 percent or 1,586 beds are occupied, while 75% or 4,844 are still available.
A total of 280 beds from the different hospitals in the region that would cater COVID19 cases were also recorded. About 160 hospital beds are available.
However, the DOH XI expects full utilization of these beds as COVID 19 cases is observed to be on the rise.
Meanwhile, it has again reiterated its appeal to the public to be responsible in protecting themselves and others against COVID 19.
" Everyone should remember B-IDA. Bawal ang walay mask pag mugawas sa balay. I-sanitize ang kamot gamit ang alcohol o maghugas ug kamot gamit ang sabon ug tubig. D-istansya ug us aka metro sa ubang tao. A-ksyon base sa tinuod nga impormasyon", Yumang said. (PIA XI/Frances Mae Macapagat)