Friday, 06 November 2020 15:57

NMMC sees sustained plateauing of severe case admissions

Written by Stephen Capillas
NMMC sees sustained plateauing of severe case admissions Screengrab photos by Stephen Capillas with NMMC infographic
Another week had passed and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) is still seeing the continued plateauing or leveling off of severe COVID-19 cases, an NMMC official said Friday noon (Nov. 5).
 
‘Based on data we gathered, the mean positivity rate for COVID-19 cases for the Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 period went down from 8.3 to 6.5 percent and it had been consistently going down (for the past few days). This means that about 6.5 out of 100 patients turn out (COVID-19) positive,’ said Dr. Gina Itchon, chief of NMMC’s Research and Development Department.
 
In her weekly assessment report during Friday noon’s press briefing, Dr. Itchon said the growth curve of COVID-19 case admissions showed that while they recorded 182 cases last October or 31 more cases than last September, ‘it’s not as worse’ as last September when NMMC registered 151 cases or more than quadruple of last August’s number of 35 COVID-19 case admissions, Dr. Itchon said.
 
‘It’s in September where we definitely saw the surge of COVID-19 cases and as of Nov. 4, we recorded 22 COVID-19 case admissions. We are hoping that we continue to see the plateauing of cases for this month,’ Dr. Itchon said. Both she and NMMC liaison officer Dr. Bernard Julius Rocha also credited the private hospitals for easing the load on NMMC by accepting mild to asymptomatic cases.
It’s true and we are thankful to the private hospitals for helping us though as the main COVID-19 referral hospital in Cagayan de Oro City and northern Mindanao, we accept severe to critical COVID-19 cases and more often than not, patients choose to be admitted to NMMC and we cannot turn them away,’ Dr. Rocha said.