NEW COVID-19 CASES. Negros Oriental logged six more new Covid-19 positive cases as of Friday (Aug. 14, 2020). Of the total, four are locally-stranded individuals, one is a job order local government employee, and another is a patient with no history of travel in Bindoy town. (Photo from Negros Oriental province Facebook page)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The province of Negros Oriental on Friday logged six new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) positive cases as the total tally surged to 114.

In a press briefing, Assistant Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Liland Estacion, health committee chair of the provincial Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) said the Provincial Health Office (PHO) received Thursday a total of 113 throat swab test results from Cebu City.

Of the number, 105 were negative and eight were positive, to include the six new cases and two repeat-positive swab tests, she said.

She added that six of the 105 negatives were recoveries.

Estacion identified the six new Covid-19 positive cases as a 48-year-old-male from Bindoy with no history of travel; a 40-year-old-female job order employee of the city government; a 43-year-old-female from Sta. Catalina; 29-, 38-, and 24-year-old females, all from the municipality of Sibulan.

Of the six new infections, four are locally-stranded individuals, one is a job order local government employee, and another is a patient with no history of travel.

All of them are currently staying at patient care centers in their respective local government units (LGUs). However, Estacion said they have recommended the Bindoy patient be admitted to the hospital because he has manifested symptoms.

Health authorities are now tracing the contacts of the Bindoy patient, who is considered a local transmission case, the PHO said.

As of Friday, the total tally of Covid-19 confirmed cases in Negros Oriental is pegged at 114, including 16 active cases, four deaths, and 94 recoveries, Estacion said. (PNA)