111 Central Visayas health workers have coronavirus, most from Cebu City: DOH

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 10 2020 11:54 AM

111 Central Visayas health workers have coronavirus, most from Cebu City: DOH 1
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

MANILA — A total of 111 health workers in Central Visayas have been infected with the novel coronavirus, with Cebu City accounting for most of the cases, the Department of Health said Thursday. 

Of the total, 40 cases came from the regional hospital Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical in Cebu City, 4 were from the city health department, and another 4 from the Cebu City Medical Center, said DOH Region-7 Spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche. 

The agency is verifying the condition of the 11 health personnel, she said. 

"The numbers will show that we need to be more careful as we do our duty and while in the workplace. But will be surprised that it’s not all from the workplace the infection - but could be from the community," Loreche said in a text message. 

Coronavirus-hit medical workers of the government received cash aid and hazard pay, while PhilHealth assisted those from the private sector. 


Many health personnel overwhelmed by the pandemic workload want to resign despite a P10,000 incentive from the Cebu City government, said Dr. Joseph Descallar of the Philippine Nurses Association-Cebu. 

“Kulang siya (it's not enough). We hope it could be raised to P15,000 and give it to all, not just to a selected few,” he said. 
The health department and military earlier sent additional personnel to the city. 

Private hospitals are also expanding their bed capacity, as directed by government, said Dr. Yong Larrazabal of the Cebu Doctors Group of Hospitals.

The city as of Thursday confirmed 7,175 cases of COVID-19. The tally includes 3,323 active cases, of which 1,447 are under the care of the local government, the DOH said. 

The patients currently occupy 83 percent of Cebu City's critical care capacity, based on data processed by ABS-CBN Analytics. 

The development comes as Cebu City hall closed for 2 days for disinfection after nearly 100 personnel tested positive for the virus.