By Glen S. Ramos & Benjamin Cuaresma | Published: October 14, 2020
Yesterday, Tuesday, October 13, the Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon recorded the highest number of COVID-19 positive individuals with 1,175 cases. This is 139.80 percent higher than the day before with only 490 cases.
A total of 45,068 individuals in the region had been tested positive of the virus, with Cavite and Laguna at the top.
Calabarzon region includes the Southern Tagalog provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.
“Presently, the province of Cavite has the most number of active cases recorded with 5,414 cases ang Laguna still has the highest coronavirus cases at 13,555, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo said this morning.
“With the additional laboratory testing centers that we have established mas madali pa nating malalaman kung gaano karami ang apektado ng covid, kasama na dito ang kasalukuyang ginagawang swab testing activities ng ating mga LGUs, mas maagapan pa natin ang pagdami ng mga kaso,” he added.
From the October 13, 2020 DOH COVID-19 Situation Report for Calabarzon, from the 45,068 cases, 15,203 remain active, 557 are probable cases, with 28,842 recoveries and 1,023 deaths.
Accredited Testing Labs
Janairo added that a total of 21 laboratory testing facilities have applied for accreditation and there are 13 laboratory testing centers in the region that are already at Stage 5 accreditation.
“All of the accredited laboratories are testing 6,348 cases a day and the Philippine Red Cross – Batangas Chapter has the highest testing capacity at 3,240 a day while the GeneXpert Testing of RAKKK Prophet Medical Center, Inc. has the lowest at 32 per day.”
Janairo added, “We are encouraging other health facilities in the region to apply for accreditation so that we can have more testing centers to accommodate the growing number of cases in order to provide faster results.”
Calabarzon has the most number of registered health facilities in the country at 14 percent.