Monday, 19 October 2020 15:04

CHO: No leveling in COVID-19 cases yet

Written by Stephen Capillas
CHO: No leveling in COVID-19 cases yet Screengrab photos Stephen Capillas with CHO infographic
If current numbers hold, Cagayan de Oro City still has yet to see the peak in the surge of COVID-19 cases after last month’s figures showed the city recorded more than 170 cases, the City Health Office (CHO) said Saturday noon (Oct. 17).
 
‘Based on our data, the surge in COVID-19 cases in Cagayan de Oro City began last Aug. 16 to 22 when the city recorded 10 local cases and the following weeks, we registered local cases in double figures ever since. This is contrary to popular perception that the surge began end of August when there was a mall sale that drew a large crowd of shoppers,’ CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr. said during Saturday noon’s press briefing.
 
As of 10 pm, Oct. 16, Cagayan de Oro City recorded 28 new COVID-19 cases including one death which raised the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases to 1,212 since last March, City Health Officer Dr. Lorraine Nery said.
 
Out of the 1,212 cumulative cases, about 383 are active or ongoing cases and 31 are admitted to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), the COVID-19 referral hospital in Cagayan de Oro City and northern Mindanao. The city recorded 54 deaths but registered 33 recoveries last Oct. 16 raising the cumulative number of recoveries to
775, Dr. Nery said.
 
Of the 1,212 cumulative cases about 345 are returning Kagay-anons and 867 are local cases, Dr. Nery said. ‘Considering the high rate of recoveries, that meant that we are handling our arrivals and COVID-19 patients well by isolating them and treating them at our temporary treatment monitoring facilities (TTMFs),’ Dr. Retuya said.
 
For his part, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno noted with alarm the rise in local cases from October 12 to October 16 to 112 or about 28 cases daily. ‘I cannot over-emphasize enough the urgency of public compliance to minimum health protocols and it is not just in Cagayan de Oro City but also in Misamis Oriental and northern Mindanao,´ Mayor Moreno said.
 
´I don’t mean to alarm people but COVID-19 is still all around us. That’s why we need to institute behavorial and mindset change on all of us. Up to now the cases are still rising and we shouldn’t be complacent. Pugong ta tanan (Let us discipline ourselves),’ Mayor Moreno said.