74 new COVID-19 cases recorded last week, highest since March 2020

A total of 74 new coronavirus disease cases were recorded by local health authorities in Catanduanes last week, the highest ever since the pandemic quarantine restrictions began in March 2020.
Of this total for the period Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, 2021, Virac accounted for the most number with 31 cases, followed by Bato with eight, Bagamanoc with seven, San Andres with six, San Miguel with five, Pandan and Baras with four each, Gigmoto with three, and, Viga, Caramoran and Panganiban with two cases each.
The Provincial Health Office’s COVID-19 tracker also indicated that a total of 184 cases were recorded in the month of August, 35 cases less than July 2021’s 219 cases which is the highest monthly total recorded in the 15 months.
At least 28 health personnel from five hospitals and two rural health units were among those infected by the coronavirus since Aug. 13, including three physicians, a dentist, seven nurses and nine other health care workers.
One of the doctors passed on the virus to members of his family in Virac while another physician may have gotten it from a parent who had tested positive earlier.
According to reliable reports, a doctor, six nurses, a nursing attendant and three staff members at the Catanduanes Doctors Hospital Inc. were found to have the virus, along with a former top management official, with swab test results released last Sept. 3 and 4.
At the Viga District Hospital, five health workers had tested positive since Aug. 20 while three midwives at the Virac Rural Health Unit were also isolated over the past three weeks.
As of Sunday morning, there were a total of 125 active cases in Catanduanes, with 15 of them admitted in hospitals.
Of the active cases, 50 are asymptomatic, 67 had mild symptoms, three had moderate symptoms and two cases are considered critical.
So far, 969 of the total 1,129 COVID-19 cases in the province have recovered from the disease, with 39 deaths.
Information reaching the Tribune alleged that among the cases recorded last week was an Alpha variant, a bank employee from Virac who tested positive during re-swabbing. This prompted health authorities to place two other variant cases from the same family as well as their close contacts into isolation.
Two other patients from Balatohan, San Miguel, and Bagatabao, Bagamanoc, are considered to be close contacts of Alpha variant cases.
As of Aug. 28, Catanduanes has five Alpha variant cases and six of the more transmissible Beta variants.
The Alpha variant cases are in Balatohan, San Miguel with three (3) cases, and one each in Gogon Centro, Virac, and Sta. Teresa, Bagamanoc.
On the other hand, the Beta cases are from San Pedro Virac with three (3) cases, and San Juan, Virac, Alibuag and Timbaan in San Andres town with one each.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the Alpha and Beta variants are tagged as variants of concern due to evidence of an increase in transmissibility, more severe disease leading to increased hospitalization or deaths, significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during a previous infection of vaccination, reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines, or diagnostic detection failures.
The Alpha variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, and the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, are said to have led to a 50% increase in transmission compared to the original coronavirus.
With 109 COVID-19 cases involving variants of concern already identified in the Bicol Region as of Aug. 28, the DOH Bicol recently urges the public to protect themselves by following the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) which it said are still the best preventive measures against all variants and mutations of COVID-19.
The observance of the MPHS reduces the chance of being infected or spreading the COVID-19 virus. By breaking the chain of transmission, it will also prevent the emergence of new mutations, which occur as the virus spreads from one person to another, it added.
To reduce the risk of getting infected, religiously practice wearing of face masks and face shields properly, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing of at least 1 meter, avoid poorly ventilated rooms, stay at home and refrain from all forms of social gatherings, the DOH stated.
The public are also advised to immediately isolate when sick, wear mask, and seek immediate medical consultation.

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