TACLOBAN CITY- The dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continue to infect healthcare workers, frontliners, and close contacts of the infected patients here in the region.
On Monday (August 17) alone, the region recorded an all-time high cases at 95, where 30 are healthcare workers.
The following day, 86 new cases were added, infecting another three healthcare workers and 38 close contacts of COVID-19 patients.
While on August 19, a total of 19 frontliners out of the 58 new cases were infected with the virus.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the region is at 1,819, with 1,177 (64.70 percent) recoveries and 663 active cases, as of August 19.
In Tacloban City, Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, acting city health officer, maintained that contract tracing is an effective public health intervention to reduce infections in the population and stop the spread of the virus.
The CHO urged the public to notify the contact tracing team of their respective barangays if they knew someone as a possible contact of a confirmed case within the city or from other municipalities, noting that there are lots of transient residents staying in the city.
“If you think you are a close contact, please do not hesitate to message us or get in touch with us so we can assist you,” Fabrigas said in a statement.
“Be vigilant. We cannot refuse entry of people coming from outside of Tacloban because referral health facilities are here. Pray for the city government of Tacloban, especially our frontliners. Encourage them as they can only do so much,” she added.
As of Wednesday evening, Tacloban recorded 37 active cases which include healthcare workers. (RONALD O. REYES/LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA))