DOH-7 urges LGUs to regulate, monitor gatherings

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/29/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) urged local governments to continue regulating and monitoring gatherings despite the easing of restrictions.  DOH-7 made this pronouncement as the campaign period for local elections started, and…

Cebu needs to vaccinate 80% of seniors if it wants to shift to Alert Level 1 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 03/01/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Local health officials here will be closely monitoring ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drives intended for senior citizens. An official from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) believes that Cebu’s prolonged Alert Level 2 status…

Cebu City opens 1st drug store to administer booster shots

Morexette Marie Erram 02/02/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—More access to COVID-19 vaccines are being made in Cebu City. The national government and city government on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, launched the city’s first drug store that will be administering Covid-19 shots to…

Mandaue EOC reports positivity rate 16 times higher than December 

Mary Rose Sagarino 01/18/2022

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu—The Mandaue City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has recorded a positivity rate 16 times higher compared to last month. Dr. Ligaya Lakambini Dargantes, the EOC deputy chief, said that as of Monday, January 17, 2022,…

Despite rapid rise of COVID-19 cases, hospitalization rate remains low in Cebu

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/12/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Cebu is not as alarming as it may seem as hospital utilization rate on the island remains low, according to Doctor Mary Jean Loreche, the chief…

Health officials hope Cebu remains under Alert Level 2

Morexette Marie B. Erram 01/11/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Despite rapid increase in COVID-19 cases here, health officials are hoping that Cebu will remain under a more relaxed quarantine classification.  The number of active COVID cases in the entire Cebu have breached the 1,000…

Cebu point of entry of two confirmed Omicron cases

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 01/06/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu has become a point of entry for two confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19.  Doctor Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7),…

Uncertainty looms in Cebu’s curfew policies 

Morexette Marie B. Erram 11/04/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Whether local governments in Cebu would scrap curfew remains a question.  Officials here have yet to make their respective decisions on the existing curfew policies as Metro Manila, the country’s capital, has already…

DOH-7: Community transmission present in Cebu, 4 more Delta variant cases in Lapu-Lapu

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 08/06/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas  (DOH-7) said that four more cases of the Delta variant were confirmed in Lapu-Lapu City.  However, these cases have already recovered as their samples were taken…

Cebu City EOC: Delta variant may be the cause of COVID cases spike

Mae Fhel Gom-os 08/02/2021

  CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City Councilor and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Deputy Chief Implementer Joel Garganera said they were not discounting the possibility that the spike of COVID-19 cases in the city might be due…

Low turnout of vaccinees noted in Lapu-Lapu City

Futch Anthony Inso 05/27/2021

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) has noticed a low response to the vaccination drive against COVID-19 in Lapu-Lapu City. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, the spokesperson of DOH-7, said that the…

In Region 7, only 44k of 600k seniors so far jabbed with COVID vaccine

Morexette Marie B. Erram 05/25/2021

CEBU CITY, Philippines – More than 500,000 senior citizens in Central Visayas are yet to receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines as of May 23. Recent data from the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) showed that…

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