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DOH clarifies COVID 'high risk area' report for Baguio City

Philippine Information Agency
23 Oct 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 23(PIA) - - The Department of Health Center for Health and Development Cordillera (DOH - CAR) advises people not to panic on the news report that Baguio is among the high risk areas for Coronavirus Disease infection . Instead, people must continue protecting themselves and others by strictly adhering to the minimum health standards.

DOH - CAR Regional Director Dr. Ruby Constantino, in a Kapihan media forum here, explained that the increase in cases in Baguio City is due to the effective contact tracing that is expanded outside the household of confirmed cases, as well as the continuing expanded risk - based testing being implemented.

data of DOH - CAR, Baguio already tested 51,969 individuals which translate to 13.9 percent of the population and the highest compared to all the provinces in the region, Constantino said.

Baguio City also has an effective COVID - 19 case management system in place. With effective contact tracing and high testing capacity, the more positive cases that can be found, the better we can prevent more transmission, she added.

The OCTA Research Team on Tuesday said the top three high risk areas for COVID - 19 are the cities of Makati, Baguio and Mandaluyong. The researchers based their tagging on the number recorded cases from October 11 - 17, computed attack rate and critical care utilization rate.

Constantino shared that Cordillera ranks 12th among the 17 regions in the country in terms of the most number of confirmed cases with 2,798 cases, as of October 21. Of the confirmed cases, 1,937 or 69.23 percent already recovered and there are 31 deaths that translate to 1.11 percent fatality rate.

DOH - CAR data also shows that there are 830 active cases in the region where 7 are from Abra, 4 from Apayao, 592 from Baguio City, 202 from Benguet, 10 from Ifugao, 12 from Kalinga and 3 from Mountain Province.

Prevalence rate in the region is 155 per 100,000 population, positivity rate is at 2.53%, case doubling time is at 18.05 days and the Critical Care Utilization Rate is at 65.12 % which puts the region at moderate risk, Constantino explained.

With the gradual re-opening of the local economy, Constantino reiterated the need to continuously strengthen the local health systems and the continuing support of the people in infection control and prevention by strictly adhering to the minimum health requirements to protect themselves, their families and the community.

"As the economy returns in action, let us never forget to be BIDAs - Bawal and walang face mask, I-sanitize ang mga kamay at Iwasang humawak ng mga bagay-bagay, Dumistansya ng isang metro at laging Alamin ang Tamang Impromasyon. BIDA ang Solusyon laban sa COVID - 19", she stressed. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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