By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz confirmed yesterday that the Department of Health (DOH) has lowered the COVID-19 alert level in the province to “Alert Level 1” following a continued drop in COVID-19 cases.
Based on the latest COVID-19 situation released by the Provincial Incident Management Team, active cases in Negros Occidental is now at 928 as of August 15.
Total cases in the province since March of last year reached 22,034 with 20,531 recoveries and 575 deaths.
According to Diaz, the DOH downgraded the province’s alert level because the positivity rate is dropping and the province’s hospital occupancy is only at 33.2 percent.
“Waay man ta kaso sang Delta variant sa Negros Occidental, so ang DOH ginpapanaog na lang ang alert level,” Diaz explained.
He also said the province’s alert level should have already been at Level 1 in the first place.
Separate records released by the DOH Region 6 show that the two week growth rate in COVID-19 cases in Negros Occidental had dropped to 33.21 percent, with daily attack rate only at 1.62 percent.
Alert Level 1 means that the number of case transmissions is decreasing, low healthcare utilization, and the absence of the Delta variant.
Previously, Negros Occidental was placed on Alert Level 2./DGB, WDJ