DUMAGUETE CITY - Negros Oriental on Friday reported 244 recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) even as the number of new infections continued to climb amid the perceived local transmission of the Delta variant.
In a virtual presser, Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, Covid-19 incident commander of the province's Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), said the recoveries were logged from Tuesday to Friday.
She also reported 484 new cases, four reinfections, and 10 deaths, although some were reported late by the local government units.
Estacion reiterated her appeal to the people to be extra careful amid the continuing spike in coronavirus cases in Negros Oriental, which could be caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
She said all Covid-19 cases in the province are considered Delta variant infections despite the absence of an official report from the Philippine Genome Center.
The Covid-19 isolation bed capacity in the province has also risen to an average of 70 percent, Estacion said.
The Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital has registered a 55 percent isolation bed capacity; Silliman University Medical Center, 75 percent; Holy Child Hospital, 70 percent; Ace Dumaguete Doctors Hospital, 90 percent; Negros Polymedic Hospital, 114 percent; Bayawan District Hospital, 70 percent; Guihulngan District Hospital, 100 percent; Bais District Hospital, 20 percent; and Siaton District Hospital, 65 percent.
As of September 17, the province's total caseload stood at 12,574, with 11,175 recoveries, 1,143 active positive cases, and 256 mortalities. (PNA)