Western Visayas has not registered new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection since Monday, with the total number of cases remaining at 104, a regional health official said yesterday.
“For May 19, 2020, the total laboratory results released (were) 168. Of the 168, (there was) no new positive case,” Dr. Ma. Julia Villanueva, assistant director of the Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) 6 (Western Visayas) said in a regular virtual presser yesterday.
Villanueva said recoveries in the region increased to 66 yesterday after the recovery of two repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) – a 42-year-old man from Bacolod City and a 38-year-old man from Laua-an, Antique.
Of the region’s 140 COVID-19-positive cases, 20 are under quarantine, eight are in hospitals, and 10 have died.
The regional health office also checks the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF) for COVID-19.
Villanueva said 205 TTMFs had been assessed by field personnel of the DOH-CHD 6.
“Our field personnel in the provinces and highly urbanized cities provided their feedback as they conducted an assessment of these TTMF. Eventually, we will recommend these (TTMFs) to DOH next week,” she said.
Villanueva said it is important for the TTMFs to be certified by the DOH for them to have a memorandum of agreement with level 2 or 3 hospitals and for the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to reimburse the number of individuals they cared for.
She added though that TTMFs that would not be certified would still be allowed to operate.*PNA
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