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Benguet epidemic risk level high as COVID-19 cases rise
by Ofelia C. Empian

The public is continuously reminded to observe the minimum public health standards, as Benguet’s epidemic risk level remains high.

The Benguet Provincial Health Office reported that as of Sept. 8, the province recorded a two-week growth rate of 117 percent and average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 16.72 within the last 14 days. 

Bokod, Kabayan, Tuba, and Tublay are at critical epidemic-risk level while Atok, Bakun, Itogon, Kapangan, La Trinidad, and Sablan are at high risk. Buguias and Mankayan are at moderate-risk level while Kibungan is at low-risk.

Provincial Health Officer Nora Ruiz also reported the 10 high-risk barangays for the last 14 days are mostly found in La Trinidad with Balilitopping the list with 91 cases followed by Pico with 86, Tawang with 54, Poblacion with 53, Puguis with 50, Lubas with 33, and Betag with 26.

Barangays Tuding and Ucab in Itogon have 67 and 24, respectively while Caponga, Tublay have 24 cases.

As of Sept. 8, the province has recorded 1,027 active cases with 10,561 recoveries and 331 deaths. Around 50 variant cases were recorded from the total cases.

The latest confirmed Covid-19 deaths involved 40-year-old female from Sablan who was admitted on Aug. 10 at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and expired on Sept. 6 and a 53-year-old female from Atok who was admitted on Aug. 23 at the Benguet General Hospital and expired on Sept. 7. Both were in critical condition and having bacterial pneumonia.

On individuals, who tested positive for Covid-19, those belonging to ages 18 to 30 years old have the highest number at 3,235 followed by 31 to 40 years old with 2,457 cases then  41 to 50 years old with 1,653 cases; 51 to 60 years old with 1,609 cases and ages 0 to 17 at 1,390 cases.

Governor Melchor Diclas reminded the municipal governments to implement granular lockdowns in the sitios or barangays of infected households.


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