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No surge of Covid cases in Cebu Prov – Gov
By: Mylen Manto | Published Monday, September 14, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia clarified in a press conference Monday, September 14 that there is no surge of Covid-19 cases in Cebu Province. (Junjie Mendoza)

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia denied allegations of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the province, contrary to the pronouncement of the medical director of one of the isolation centers in Cebu City.

Dr. Peter Mancao, director of NOAH Complex, recently warned that the Province may see a surge in number of cases if residents will “remain complacent” and ignore health protocols like wearing of face mask and face shield and observing physical distancing.

In a press conference Monday, September 14, Garcia clarified such pronouncements from a “so-called expert” on the state of Covid-19 cases in the Province which got published in local newspapers.

“I’d like to ask who qualifies as an expert here. Everybody is still trying to glean from the data and from there somehow manage the increasing number of cases, moreso, manage the cases themselves. Isn’t that the mantra of everyone? Ngano ang Cebu Province man gyud,” she stated, adding that another doctor also zeroed in on the province.

Garcia asked what was the basis of Mancao in issuing such pronouncement when no such surge of cases happened based on the Province’s data. This was also supported by a statement from Department of Health (DOH) 7 Director Jaime Bernadas.

The governor wondered if Mancao went around the Province for him to be able to make such pronouncements, because she herself noticed that public safety protocols were observed by the Cebuanos when she travelled to the different towns and cities for the reopening of tourism industry, awarding of SugBusog Vegetable Gardening Contest, and other activities.

“Nakita niya ang 44 ka lungsod og unom ka component cities? By what authority does he speak? From what I know, he’s only in-charge of NOAH Complex. I wonder if natuyok ba kaha niya, parehas sa akong pagtuyok kay kahibaw mo even while my brothers were in the hospital intawn fighting for their lives, I was working. Nagtuyok kos tibuok probinsya, that is well-covered by Sugbo TV,” she stated.

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The governor shared that of the Province’s 50 local government units (LGU), 42 have active cases while eight have none as of September 12. The Province has 505 active cases – 90 of whom are hospitalized while 415 are in isolation.

Last August 18, Cebu Province had 656 active cases with 110 in hospitals and 546 in isolation centers. With this, the governor pointed out that a decrease on number of cases happened, not a surge.

As of September 13, a total of 50,322 were tested in Cebu Province, 10.04 percent or 5,053 of whom tested positive. In Manduae City, there were 12,265 total tests conducted, 18.9 percent or 2,327 came out positive.

Cebu City conducted a total of 71,767 tests with 13.5 positivity rate or 9,742 persons while in Lapu-Lapu City, a total of 36,626 were tested, of which 2,249 tested positive accounting to 6.1 percent.

Garcia further shared that Cebu Province which has 505 active cases in a population of 3.5 million, the cases per 100,000 is 15. 

Cebu City with 1 million population and 392 active cases has a ratio of 38 cases per 100,000; Mandaue City with 398,106 population and 248 active cases has a ration of 62 cases per 100,000; and Lapu-Lapu City with 448,008 population and 190 active cases has 42 cases per 100,000.

For other provinces in Central Visayas, Bohol which has a population of 1.4 million and 107 active case bringing the ratio to 8 cases per 100,000. Negros Oriental with 1.4 million population has 28 active cases of 28 and a ration of 2 per 100,000. Siquior with 100,456 population remains to have zero cases. 

Garcia recalled that a spike on the Covid-19 cases only happened when the Province and Cebu City were put under general community quarantine back in June.

“From 105 ra unta as of May 31, pagka-June nisaka dayon tag 872. Napun-an tag 700 plus. Diha gyud ni shoot-up tungod gyud sa Cebu City,” she said, adding that the Province’s first case came from Cebu City.

Since then, the mayors worked even harder to contain the spread of the disease.

The governor also added that of the 300 beds in provincial hospitals intended for cases with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI), 29 percent or 54 beds were occupied while 80 percent or 246 are available as of September 12.

Meanwhile, only 19 percent or 409 beds in LGU isolation centers are occupied while 81 percent or 1,789 beds are vacant. (Mylen Manto)