Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Friday, August 13, issued the new community quarantine status in the country recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
The province of Apayao continues to be placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine while Baguio City remains under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).
The rest of the Cordillera provinces stay under the Modified GCQ.
As of August 12, 2021, the Cordillera region already recorded a total of 45,592 COVID-19 cases. Baguio City remains to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 16,026, followed by Benguet with 10,311 cases, Kalinga with 5,173, Ifugao with 4,876, Mountain Province with 4,768, Apayao with 2,911 and Abra with the least at 1,527.
Of the total number of cases, 43,037 or 94.90 percent have recovered while 1,695 or 3.21 percent are active cases and 850 or 1.87 percent COVID-19 related deaths.
DOH-CAR Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan reported that CAR is under moderate risk level in terms of the two week growth change with 18% and at high risk in terms of the Average Daily Attack Rate with 7.78.
The provinces of Abra, Ifugao and Kalinga under low epidemic risk level while Baguio City, Benguet and Mountain Province are under moderate epidemic risk level. Apayao is at high epidemic risk level.
In terms of Hospital Care Utilization Rate (HCUR), the Cordillera is under moderate with an average utilization rate of 63.35%.
Apayao with 83.33%, Baguio City with 70.81%, and Ifugao with 70.73% bed occupancy rates are under high risk. Benguet with 69.64% and Kalinga with 68.75% bed occupancy rates are under moderate risk while Abra with 45.65% and Mountain Province with 34.52% bed occupancy rates are under low risk.
Pangilinan reminded the public anew to continue strictly adhering to all the health and safety protocols while waiting to be vaccinated to ensure protection against the COVID-19 including the variants of concerns.
She stressed that the best way to prevent the virus from infecting persons is to observe the minimum public health standards of properly wearing facemasks and face shields, avoiding crowded areas and mass gathering, washing of hands and maintaining cleanliness, and staying healthy. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis