The provincial government of Ilocos Norte has recorded 161 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the current active cases to 3,923.
Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Manotoc on Thursday, August 12, also confirmed the presence of seven new Delta cases in the province, which remains under the Department of Health’s (DOH) Alert Level 4 due to high hospital utilization rates.
“DOH just informed me we have seven new delta cases in seven different towns. This is what we’ve been fearing and anticipating all along,” said Manotoc in a statement.
The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) has not revealed the towns affected by the new Delta variant cases, and said it is still checking for local transmission.
The provincial government’s Task Force Salun-at on Thursday, August 12, reported 263 new recoveries. This brings the province to 11,109 total cases, 7,030 total recoveries, and 156 total deaths since the pandemic hit Ilocos Norte.
Laoag City is the most affected area in the province, with 1,054 active cases, followed by Batac City with 486, Bacarra with 272 cases, Pasuquin with 243 cases, and Sarrat with 164 cases.
The number of virus-infected health workers at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center has risen to 164, according to the hospital’s August 12 report.
The infected health workers are either asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms, as they were already vaccinated.
But since the infections have affected operations, the hospital has resorted to online consultation services.
Since Tuesday, August 10, the hospital has limited the number of its in-person check-ups. The out-patient department (OPD) is open only from 8 am to noon.
As of writing, 114 individuals are currently admitted in the hospital, while four have been discharged.
“We will continue to exhaust all possible solutions. Let’s be extra careful, take care mga kakailian,” Manotoc said. – Rappler.com
Ahikam Pasion is a Luzon-based journalist and an awardee of the Aries Rufo Journalism Fellowship.