Beneficaries of the AquaPonics solar - powered system in a photo opt with Mayor Benjamin Magalong (backrow second from right) and BFAR - CAR officials headed by Regional Director Lilibeth Signey ( frontrow left). (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas, La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda and personnel at the TTMF led by Dr. Nora Ruiz leads simple send-off ceremony for six recovered patients discharged from the Provincial Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Wangal, La Trinidad, Benguet.(photos from Benguet Governor’s Office)

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong commends the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for its Urban Aquaponics project with vegetable and fish production as he assures the city government's support to this project that helps ensure food sufficency and availability. (CCD/PIA CAR)

DA-CAR OIC Regional Director Cameron Odsey with ACT-CIS Representative anf Benguet Legislative Caretaker Eric Go Yap and Governor Melchor Diclas turn over assiatnce to farmer beneficiaries in the province of Benguet , and to DSWD-CAR for the implementation of the Gulayan sa Barangay for Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries and rge Department of Education Benguet for the Gulayan sa Paaralan programon at the Benguet Capitol on August 27, 2020. (RMC-PIA-CAR)

Baguio reports 80 percent of city COVID cases are local transmission

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 21 (PIA) - - The City Government of Baguio, through its Public Information Office,  reported that 80 percent of the confirmed Coronavirus Diseases (COVID – 19) cases recorded in the city are  local transmission, mostly household contacts or co –workers of existing confirmed cases.


The City PIO office reports that of the 253 COVID – 19 cases recorded as of August 17, 110 or 43 percent is a result of contact tracing while 34 percent is result of the expanded risk – based testing that the city is implementing. 

Baguio City Contact Tracing team working even at night to esnure that all possible cases that have been in contact with a cofirmed COVID patient are being covered. (Baguio City HSO)

Through the initiative of Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the city government’s contact tracing boasts a total of 22 teams with around 600 members that are currently working on an efficiency rate of 1:37, which means for every one confirmed patient, an average of 37 closed contacts are being tracked, tested, isolated, quarantined and treated.

It is also a goal for the contact teams to cover or track at least 70 percent of the close contact of a new case within 24 hours.

On the expanded risk – based testing, Magalong directed to focus into sectors of society that are monitored to have clustering of cases.

Clustering of cases, as per the city PIO report, were recorded in households with 45 cases, among health workers(42), banks (34), grocery workers(11), government employees( 9), market vendors(7), church or religious people( 5) and those into events like birthday celebration with 5.

Magalong already met with the related sectors especially in the private (business) sectors  to look into the concern of implementing RT – PCR tests for their employees, particularly on the co – sharing of cost and on intensifying health and safety protocols for their employees and clients.

The mayor assures that the city government and its partner stakeholders are in control of the situation with COVID – 19 infection control/prevention and case management measures. But he stressed that the cooperation of every citizen of Baguio is very important in the fight against the pandemic.

The mayor reiterates his appeal to the public to strictly adhere with the minimum health requirements and also on the health and safety protocols set by the health department and the city government so that all together we can protect ourselves, our families and the community.

As of August 21 data of the City HSO, there are now 275 confirmed cases in the region, where 99 (36 percent) are active, 168 (61.09 percent already recovered and 8 (2.91 percent) recorded deaths. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)     

By Carlito C. Dar



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