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CAPITOL TAKES ON NEW APPROACH IN COVID REPORTING: ACTIVE CASES INSTEAD OF TOTAL
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The Capitol starts reporting active Covid-19 cases for daily updates instead of the total number of cases to provide a clearer picture of the situation in the province. (Lito Tecson)

The Cebu Provincial Government starts a new way of reporting on the Covid-19 cases by using only the active cases instead of the total number, to give a clearer picture of the situation in the province.

Active cases are the total number of positive cases, without including the recovered cases and deaths.

In her virtual presser on June 15, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said that Cebu Province has 269 active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), 120 recoveries and 37 deaths as of Sunday, June 14. 

Of the 269 active cases, 84 are admitted in the hospitals while the rest are on quarantine facilities and home isolation. 

“Active cases 269, of which ang na hospitalized kay 84 or 19.7 percent. Ang naa sa home/facility quarantine symptomatic kay 39 or 9.2 percent, ang asymptomatic kay 146 or 34.3 percent,” the governor said.

Garcia earlier appealed for the Department of Health (DOH) 7 to highlight the active cases of Covid-19 in Cebu Island instead of the total number including recoveries. 

Of the 37 deaths of the Province, Garcia said four died due to Covid-19. The rest were incidental findings caused by kidney diseases, heart diseases, community acquired pneumonia/pulmonary TB, cancers, aneurysm, ruptured typhoid ileitis, blood diseases, septic shock, bleeding peptic ulcer, and Steven-Johnson syndrome. 

The governor also said she will continue to report on other diseases like dengue and tuberculosis aside from Covid-19 despite the criticisms of some netizens.

“Wa baya ko niingon nga pasagdan ta na nga disease (Covid-19).  Wa gyud ko niingon. Gani, nagsige ta’g advocate, preventive medicine... after all, preventive measures are the best measures we can take,” the governor explained.

 “Mao nagsige ta’g push boost your immune system sayon ra kaayo, affordable kay di man ta mamalit og mahal kaayo nga tambal sa mga giant pharmaceuticals that have all the money to spend for marketing, for pushing their products. Home remedies ra gyud ni ato kaluoy sa Diyos naa natay recoveries,” she added. 

Based on the data Garcia presented, there were 2,700 cases of tuberculosis in the Province from January 2020 to June, 14, 2020 wherein 31 died while 2,400 cases were recorded for dengue of the same period and 12 of the cases died. 

“Please don’t take away from us the capacity to think. Don’t take away from us the intelligence that God has given to each human being. Gitagaan ta’g utok para atong ma-analyze ang data nya kita’y mu decider. Dili kay taguan ang ubang data kay focus ra ta ani nga data (Covid-19),” Garcia said.

Garcia emphasized Cebuanos have the right to know of the other diseases also, not just Covid-19, so they can weigh on the data and have an informed opinion on the matter. (Mylen Manto)