By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga affirm
The head of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental has affirmed the earlier statements made by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson that the number of COVID-19 cases in the province is slowly going down.
Dr. Mary Ann Maestral, TLJPH hospital chief, noted that they have been noticing a drop in hospital admittance due to COVID-19 and there is no longer a spike in cases.
Maestral pointed out they are not letting up their COVID-19 tests and contact tracing efforts, and she is appealing to the Negrenses to follow the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and face shields when going outside, observing physical distancing and proper hand washing.
The TLJPH is also appealing to refrain from engaging in group activities.
In a separate comment from Lacson last Friday, April 30, during his COVID-19 vaccination, he explained that the triple digits that were noticed last week were unreported in the previous days, but in general the number of active COVID-19 cases in the province is slowly going down.
Based on a report issued by the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT), as of May 1, 2021, the number of active COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental has reached 2,157.
San Carlos City still holds the most number of active cases in the province with 354, followed by La Carlota City with 154, Sipalay City with 153, and Himamaylan City with 137.
Only the towns of Don Salvador Benedicto and Candoni maintained their cases in a single digit at four each./DGB, WDJ