The Department of Health- Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH- EV CHD) reports the total number of COVID-19 cases in the region at 695. Of which, 643 (92.52%) have recovered, 3 (0.43%)) were recorded fatalities and 49 (7.05%) are active cases.

Majority of our COVID-19 cases in the region come from the province of Leyte with 410 cases (59%), 59 were recorded from Tacloban City and 63 from Ormoc City. Last week, Tacloban City has recorded one (1) new confirmed COVID-19 case. The patient is a local case and investigation is still on-going if there is a local transmission. The province of Samar has a total of 136 cases (19.57%), Southern Leyte with 95 cases (13.67%), Biliran with 26 cases (3.74%), Northern Samar with 25 cases (3.56%) and Eastern Samar with three (3) cases (0.43%).

“With the LGUs “enabled” by the national government to lead the fight against COVID-19 and with the collective efforts of everyone, our region now has a high number of recoveries at 92.52% and with only 49 active cases. The immediate isolation of confirmed COVID-19 case and the intensified contact tracing of people who may have been exposed to the virus are among the effective ways that our government has done to minimize the transmission of the infection,” DOH- EV CHD Regional Director Molon said.

Another best practice that is currently being done in some of the municipalities/cities in the region like Barugo, Ormoc City and Tacloban City is their implementation of COVID-19 scan system or using QR Code wherever customers or visitors visit the premises. This helps not only the government but also the establishments in identifying people who are potentially exposed to COVID-19. It is like a diary of the places we visited and helps in tracking down and alert contacts of people who got infected by the virus.

The national government is set to implement the second “Hatid Tulong” program in the coming weeks. Thus, the Local Government Units (LGUs) are urged for strict enforcement of protocols and to prepare for the coming of our Kababayans. One of the preparations that are being done is the availability of 15,068 beds in our Community Isolation Units (CIUs) and Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMFs) in the region. A total of 52 Level 1 to Level 3 Hospitals have submitted already their surge capacity plans. Additional trainings were also conducted to our 707 teams of contact tracers in the region.

“Hindi naman nangangahulugan nito na pwede na tayong maging kampante dahil sa mga ginagawa ng pamahalaan kontra COVID-19. Pina-aalalahanan ko po pa rin ang lahat na dapat patuloy parin ang ating pag-iingat. Patuloy rin nating i-practice ang infection prevention and control measures para ma- limitahan ang pagkalat ng virus. Ang pagsunod ng safety prevention protocols ang pinaka- effective pa rin na depensa natin against COVID-19,” RD Molon reminded.

In line with the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Department of Health encourages everyone to “BIDA SOLUSYON SA COVID-19”. Furthermore, encourages Filipino people to take an active role and be part of the solution in the fight against our common enemy: COVID-19 (the “COntraVIDa”) by practicing the following behaviours simplified into 4 letters: Bawal walang mask, I-sanitize ang kamay at Iwas-hawak sa mga bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro, at Alamin ang totoong impormasyon.