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29 Bacolod barangays COVID free; 548,010 Negrenses vaccinated

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Bacolod City – Twenty-nine barangays in Bacolod City have been without any COVID-19 infection over the last two weeks, while 14 other villages have only at least three cases during the period of November 9 to 22.

Executive Director Em Legaspi-Ang of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force in an update to EOC-TF chair, Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head of the local Inter-Agency Task Force, reported this development yesterday as she expressed confidence that with continued public cooperation, they hope to sustain this positive trend.

Areas with zero COVID- 19 case are Barangays Alangilan, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 40 and 41, the EOC said.

Barangays Punta Taytay, Montevista, 4, 5, 11, 18, 19, 31, 36 and 39 recorded one case each, while Barangays 7, 14 and 17 have two cases within 14 days.

Handumanan, meanwhile has three COVID-19 infections during the same period, the task force added.

The city also had 23 barangays without a single case of COVID-19 from October 28 to November 10.

Provincial Inter Agency Task Force action officer Rayfrando Diaz reported yesterday that 548,010 Negrenses have already been vaccinated as of November 21, which constitutes 30 percent of the 1.8 million individuals targeted for inoculation.

Of the inoculated Negrenses, Diaz said 408,050 of them are fully vaccinated and 139,960 others got their first dose.

We have improved our performance during the past two weeks, he added.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is targeting by February next year to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

“Our focus now is to increase the number of our vaccination teams,” Diaz said, noting that the demands for vaccination increased, following deployment of inoculation teams to the different local government units.

The provincial government deployed vaccination teams to each of the nine government hospitals, on top of five other teams organized by the Provincial Health Office to augment vaccination teams of the different LGUs.

Diaz said they already pulled out medical front liners assigned in quarantine facilities to beef up the vaccination teams.

The EB Magalona quarantine facility will be releasing on Nov. 27 its last batch of positive patients, with Cadiz and Silay isolation facilities are now occupied by returning residents, who voluntarily underwent isolation, he added.

Diaz said he is optimistic that the three-day simultaneous vaccination activities all over the country from November 29 to December 1, will further increase the number of vaccinated individuals in Negros Occidental.

The vaccination teams of the Provincial Health Office assigned at the Negros Residences are also accommodating Bacolod City residents.

As of November 21, the Department of Health- Western Visayas- Center for Health Development reported that both Negros Occidental and Bacolod City have remained under Alert Level 2 classification.

(Source: Gilbert Bayoran via tvds, photo by bcpio)

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