DOH flags Cordillera region over increasing Covid-19 cases
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) following an increase in coronavirus infections in the area.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the CAR’s hospital utilization rate, attack rate or the number of infections over the total population in a given area, and growth rate are all in an upward trend indicating a surge in infection.
“We have flagged the area, we are closely monitoring (it) and working with them para po mas maiayos natin itong sitwasyon,” Vergeire told reporters Wednesday in an online media briefing.
DOH data showed that as of Jan. 17, Covid-19 bed utilization rate in CAR is at 61%. But Baguio City’s bed utilization rate is at 86% which is considered under critical level.
Meanwhile, mechanical ventilator utilization rate in the entire region is at 41%.
According to DOH’s Covid-19 tracker, the region has a total of 10,072 coronavirus cases, of which, 1,700 are active cases or those who are still infected with the disease, 8,248 have recovered while 124 have died.
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