December 4, 2022

The number of individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 in the Cordillera has reached more than 8,000 as local government units continue to improve their testing capacity.
As of Dec. 29, the Department of Health-Cordillera recorded 8,013 confirmed cases from the 175,542 individuals tested in the region. There are 97 Covid-19-related deaths and 7,222 recoveries.
Baguio City and Benguet logged the highest cases with 3,815 and 3,187, respectively. Baguio and Benguet also have the highest number of individuals tested at 74,215 and 57,130, respectively.
Kalinga ranks third in the number of positive cases at 549 out of the 11,385 individuals tested.
Abra recorded 132 cases out of the 7,797 individuals tested while Ifugao recorded 128 of the 7,936 individuals tested. Mountain Province logged 121 positive cases out of the 7,632 individuals tested.
Apayao, which tested 9,447 individuals – the highest number among the three provinces – recorded the least number of positive cases at 81.
Out of the 8,013 cases in the region, 692 are active or those who are referred in hospitals and other health facilities and isolation centers.
Out of the 692 active cases, two are classified as critical, 12 are severe, 43 are moderate, and 273 are mild cases.
More than half of the active cases or 362 are asymptomatic patients or those who did not show symptoms of the Covid-19 but were detected when they underwent tests as a routine requirement or through the expanded testing initiated by the LGUs.
The DOH has advised the public to continue observing the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face masks and shields, regular handwashing and use of sanitizers, and practicing physical distancing.
The agency also advised the public to avoid crowded places, close-contact settings, and confined and enclosed places, which are among the areas where the Covid-19 spreads more easily. – Jane B. Cadalig