March 22, 2023

Theories continue to abound about the Covid-19, but medical experts emphasized the public should rely only on official sources, albeit information about the SARS-CoV2 is evolving.
Data from the Department of Health-Cordillera shows the virus does not discriminate gender, age, or whatever circumstance a person has.
Anyone can be infected but initial data shows that those who are exposed to patients, the elderly, and those with underlying diseases are more susceptible.
Of the 45,131 Covid-19 cases in the region, there were 23,009 females, or 50.98 percent affected with an age range of two days old to 120 years old.
Of the 844 Covid-19-related deaths as of Aug. 10, the age range was one-day-old to 102 years old, majority of which 503 were males or 59.60 percent.
The most common co-morbidities were hypertension with 296 or 39.47 percent, diabetes with 177 or 23.60 percent, heart disease with 83 or 11.07 percent, kidney disease with 77 or 10.27 percent, and lung disease with 45 or 6.00 percent.
As the Delta variant has already entered the country, the DOH has issued alert level classifications to guide local government units and other stakeholders in their Covid-19 response by providing clearer courses of action to take in their areas.
As of Aug. 11, Apayao has been placed under alert level 4. LGUs under level 4 have high case counts and high health care utilization rate, with or without Delta variant cases.
On alert level 3 are Bangued, Bucay, Bucloc, Daguioman, La Paz, and Malibcong in Abra; Baguio City; Bakun, Bokod, Itogon, Kapangan, Kibungan, La Trinidad, and Sablan in Benguet; Aguinaldo, Alfonso Lista, Hungduan, Kiangan, and Mayoyao in Ifugao; Rizal and Tabuk City in Kalinga; and Besao, Paracelis, Sabangan, Sagada, and Tadian in Mountain Province.
LGUs on level 3 have high or increasing cases but with healthcare capacity and with increasing health care utilization rate regardless of the presence of the Delta variant.
On alert level 2 are Boliney, Danglas, Dolores, Lacub, Lagangilang, Lagayan, Langiden, Licuan-Baay, Luba, Manabo, Penarrubia, Pidigan, Pilar, Sallapadan, San Isidro, San Juan, San Quintin, Tayum, Tubo, Tineg, Villaviciosa in Abra; Atok, Buguias, Kabayan, Mankayan, Tuba, Tublay in Benguet; Asipulo, Banaue, Hingyon, Lagawe, Lamut, and Tinoc in Ifugao; and Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Pinukpuk, and Tanudan in Kalinga.
LGUs on level 2 have low and decreasing transmission rate, low healthcare utilization rate but with presence of Delta variant, or cases are low but increasing or case counts are low and decreasing but healthcare utilization rate is increasing.
On alert level 1 are Barlig, Bauko, Bontoc, Natonin, and Sadanga in Mountain Province.
LGUs on level 1 have low and decreasing cases, healthcare utilization rate is low and there is no Delta variant case. – Rimaliza A. Opiña