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GOV: WE ARE NOT DOWNPLAYING COVID-19
By: Mylen Manto | Published Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia emphasized that the Capitol is not downplaying the seriousness of Covid-19. Cebuanos have the right to know of other infectious diseases that has to be taken care of also aside from the coronavirus disease. (Lito Tecson/File Photo)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia emphasized that the Provincial Government is not downplaying the Covid-19 crisis in the Province as she continues to report also other infectious diseases in her regular virtual presser.

She stressed that Cebuanos have the right to know that Covid-19 is not the only infectious disease to be taken care of. There are also other diseases like pulmonary tuberculosis, dengue, hypertension, and diabetes, among others. 

“Please wa mi mag-downplay. Wala lang sad mi mu-over react. Kung gusto ka mag-overacting mi, dili na nako mahimo kay kon ako na himuon daghan kaayong mga kinabuhi nga mangaangin,” she said.

Garcia clarified that the Capitol is serious in handling the pandemic. In fact, the provincial and district hospitals in the Province have allocated beds intended for Covid-19, severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), and influenza-like illnesses (ILI) patients. 

As of June 21, 130 beds are allocated for Covid, SARI and ILI - 35 beds occupied and 95 beds vacant. These are in addition to the 788 total implementing bed capacity of the Capitol-run hospitals. Of the 788 total beds, 369 beds are occupied while 421 are vacant. 

Garcia in her virtual presser on June 22 said there are 435 active cases of Covid-19 in the Province and 157 individuals have recovered.

Of the 435, 115 are hospitalized, 121 symptomatic patients are in home/facility quarantine, and 199 asymptomatic patients are in home/facility quarantine.

Garcia disclosed that of the 49 accumulated deaths, only eight were due to Covid-19 while the 41 deaths were due to other causes. Covid-19 was only an incidental finding. 

Meanwhile, the governor expressed her hopes and prayers for the fast recovery of Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura who tested positive of Covid-19.

She also emphasized that the Provincial Government has implemented the health protocols on suspected and confirmed cases since February.

“As far as I am concerned, duna naman tay protocol on positives. There’s a DOH (Department of Health) protocol and that is the first-generation tracing. Unsa manang first generation- members of the household or those you have been in close contact, kauban nimo regularly sa trabaho.  Kadto atong meeting that was one-time thing,” Garcia explained. 

Shimura announced through Daanbantayan town’s official Facebook page that he was found positive of Covid-19 after his swab test on June 20.

He initially took a rapid diagnostic test on June 15 after experiencing some symptoms. When we tested negative, he attended the Mayor’s Consultative Meeting at the Capitol of Garcia on June 17. However, he had cough and fever on the following day which led him to undergo the swab test.

“Pagkahuman sa maong meeting, mibalik ako sa akong balay sa Mandaue City. Pagkaugma, June 18, nakasinati na usab ako og hilanat ug pag-ubo mao nga wala ko mibalik sa Daanbantayan ug mipakonsulta ako sa doctor. Nagpahulaway lang una ako apan nagpabilin gihapon ang akong di maayong gipamati. Busa pagka Sabado, June 20, mipailawom na gayud ako sa swab test. Migawas ang resulta karong adlawa, June 21. Positibo ako sa COVID-19,” Shimura’s post read.

The governor shared that Shimura also had difficulty looking for a hospital room. However, with the help of Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III, he is now admitted in a private hospital in Cebu City.

Following his test results, Shimura ordered the disinfection of the entire municipal hall of Daanbantayan and the temporary suspension of the operations of the Mayor’s Office for one week. (Mylen Manto)