CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, PHILIPPINES — City Hall epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joesilto Retuya Jr. reminds the public to stay safe in the crowded festival events.
For their protection, CHO (City Health Office) advises residents and visitors of the city planning to attend more festival activities in the next few days to practice minimum public health protocols.
“Given that this year marked the first face-to-face celebration of the city fiesta after two years of the pandemic, (the number of double-digit cases from July to August is evidence of a) mini-surge and we at the City Health Office (CHO) are concerned because starting last Sunday, there are scheduled events that are (potential) super-spreader events,” said Dr. Retuya.
During the Monday, August 22, press briefing, he said the rise in Covid-19 cases is not limited to CDO. Local Governments in Luzon and Visayas have also experienced a surge in cases.
This is all due to people not complying with public health safety.
Dr. Retuya added that the city logged 827 from July 1 to August 20 this year but despite these numbers, CDO’s health risk indicators remain below the moderate level. The city is still within Alert level 1 from August 16 to 31, and as of August 14, the city’s average health care utilization is at 8.74 percent.
The usage of the ICU (intensive care unit) is at 4.67 percent, while the mechanical ventilator use is at zero percent. Meanwhile, data from the Fassster Philippines of the DOH (Department of Health) indicates that as of August 14, the usage of isolation beds is at 21.48 percent, still below moderate risk
On August 21, 10 pm, City Health Officer Dr. Rachel Dilla said their data showed that CDO logged 18 new cases and 162 active cases, 77 of which are admitted to the city’s private and public hospitals, and the rest are confined in the city’s isolation facilities.
“This means that majority of the cases are mild while the 77 are moderate. Thankfully our recovery rate is still 90 percent so we are encouraging our people to complete their primary doses now and get their booster shots once available,” Dr. Dilla said. –WhatALife!/Zed