CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — According to the CHO data, the new batch of Omicron cases consists of seven males and seven females from the villages of Lumbia, Balulang, Carmen, and Canitoan, each with two; and one each from the barangays of Macabalan, Iponan, Bonbon, Bulua, Bugo, and Patag.
Despite the city’s alert level being decreased to Level 1, the city health office (CHO) has asked the public to closely adhere to minimal public health standards against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19).
CHO medical officer Dr. Ted Yu Jr. made the announcement in an online briefer on Wednesday after reporting the city’s fifth batch of Omicron variant patients.
Yu reported that two of the 14 cases died, one of which was unvaccinated.
The CHO has teamed up with the affected communities’ respective Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTS) to conduct intensive surveillance for acute respiratory infections and influenza-like illnesses among the registered close contacts.
“(On Tuesday), we started our ongoing contact tracing even though they are already certified as recovered for three weeks. But still, we need to continue the contact tracing,” Yu said.
He said the latest batch’s specimens were gathered for genome testing from January 31 to February 4, and the results were disclosed on March 6.
The CHO, on the other hand, said in the same online briefer that the number of current Covid-19 cases in the city has remained in the double digits, despite the local administration reporting 11 new cases, bringing the total to 25,723
Out of the total cumulative, 97 are active cases, 51 are currently admitted at Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC), 45 outpatients staying at the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF), and 1 cases under the ROF/LSI category.
The city also logged 31 new recoveries and two new death, bringing the total recoveries and death cases to 24,694 and 932, respectively. Read the latest Covid-19 updates here in Cagayan de Oro City at whatalife.ph.
“We should not forget the minimum public health standards and avoid 3Cs [closed, crowded and close-contact]. We should defend ourselves from the virus,” Yu said.
Yu further called on people, particularly those who have never been vaccinated, to get vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccinations for added protection against the virus.
As of March 8, 541,486 people had been fully vaccinated in the city, accounting for 90.25 percent of the total target population of 599,929. – WhatALife!