December 4, 2022

The health care utilization rate (HCUR) in the Cordillera is under high risk as more people have been reported of getting infected and admitted in hospitals due to the Covid-19.
As of Aug. 24, the Department of Health-Cordillera reported the region’s HCUR has an average utilization rate of 78.82 percent.
HCUR measures the number of intensive care units, isolation beds, and ventilators currently in use in the region’s health and medical facilities.
Areas under high risk means at least 70 percent of their Covid-19 beds are occupied.
Apayao is classified under critical risk with 88.57 percent bed occupancy rate among the six provinces and two cities in the Cordillera,
Areas classified under critical level mean hospitals have already reached more than 85 percent of their bed occupancy for Covid-19 patients.
Data posted on the DOH-Cordillera website shows all 20 beds allotted for Covid-19 patients at the Conner District Hospital are occupied, while 33 out of the 48 beds for Covid-19 of Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center are already occupied.
Apayao is the first province in the Cordillera to have a Delta variant case, albeit the case has already recovered when results of the genome sequencing was released.
On Aug. 21, Apayao recorded 242 cases, 128 on Aug. 22, 188 on Aug. 25, and 129 on Aug. 26.
Baguio City, Benguet, and Ifugao are under high risk with 83.28 percent, 83.04 percent, and 79.49 percent bed occupancy rates, respectively.
Kalinga is classified under moderate risk with a 68.57 percent bed occupancy rate while Abra and Mountain Province are under low risk with a 52.57 percent bed occupancy rate and 54.55 percent mechanical ventilator utilization rate.
In terms of alert level, the DOH central office has classified Apayao, Baguio, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province under alert level 4.
Areas under alert level 4 have HCUR and intensive care unit utilization rate of more than 70 percent.
As of Aug. 26, the Cordillera has 49,309 cases; 45,519 recoveries; 2,598 active cases; and 919 deaths. – Rimaliza A. Opiña