With the rising coronavirus cases in Negros Occidental, 16 quarantine facilities in the province have reached their full capacity, while 8 others were at critical levels.
Zeaphard Gerhart Caelian, COVID-19 Provincial Incident Management Team commander, said that 4 quarantine facilities even went beyond their capacities. These are in Sagay City, Calatrava, Isabela, and Talisay City.
In their report, Sagay City’s quarantine facility has a capacity of 180 patients, but its occupants were 190; Calatrava with a capacity of 50 but has 58 patients; Isabela with 30, but has 37 patients; and Talisay City with 95 but has 100 patients.
Other local government units (LGUs) that also have ran out of available spaces in their quarantine facilities after these reached full capacities were Bago City with 262 patients, Binalbagan with 120, Cadiz City with 90, Escalante City with 324, Himamaylan City with 200; Hinobaan with 110, Manapla with 25, Moises Padilla with 20, Murcia with 64, San Enrique with 18, Sipalay City with 160, and Valladolid with 45.
Quarantine facilities that have reached critical levels were in Candoni with 29-bed capacity and has 24 patients; Cauayan with 65 beds and 62 patients; Salvador Benedicto with 13 beds and nine patients; Ilog with 88 beds and 80 patients; Pontevedra with 50 beds and 46 patients; Pulupandan with 61 beds and 53 patients; San Carlos City with 67 beds and 64 patients; and Silay City with 25 beds and 18 patients.
Only 7 facilities in the province are below their maximum capacity. These are in EB Magalona with 44 available spaces; Hinigaran with 32; Kabankalan with 101, La Carlota City with 15, La Castellana with 24, Toboso with 26, and Victorias with 22.
Caelian said that the provincial government-run facilities still have available spaces for patients and could be a temporary shelter for the LGUs that have reached their full capacities.
However, he pointed out they do not want it to reach a critical level since locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) continued to arrive to the province.
He said the province may ask again for a moratorium on the arrival of LSIs and OFWs if their facilities will reach their maximum capacities.
As of September 20, the province has a total of 2,549 coronavirus cases, 1,005 recoveries, and 48 deaths. – Rappler.com