City prepares isolation units
Baguio’s contingency plan against the Omicron variant is similar to those implemented against the Delta variant.
“We have learned a lot from our experience with the Delta variant that is why we have made some adjustments with the current contingency plan,” City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said.
Galpo said Baguio is better prepared for the Omicron variant, which is reportedly more infectious but less severe than Delta. This means less hospitalizations and deaths due to Omicron but may have more asymptomatic to mild cases.
As of Jan. 4, Baguio has no confirmed Omicron variant case but has been experiencing a surge in infections the past days.
Galpo said isolation facilities opened during the height of the Delta surge will also be used in preparation for the anticipated Omicron infections including human resources, medicines and equipment.
The city’s contingency plan against the Omicron also include expansion of isolation facilities. – Gaby B. Keith