June 3, 2023

The Benguet Provincial Health Office is encouraging residents to get vaccinated when it is their turn, as it reported that 86.69 percent of the 3,276 active Covid-19 cases from the 13 towns are those who are unvaccinated.

The PHO reported that 2,064 patients have mild symptoms while 139 with moderate symptoms. Around 29 patients are severe while 10 are critical. The status of the remaining 104 active cases have not been indicated.

PHO also reported that 97.9 percent of the 481 deaths tallied since last year to Sept. 27 are unvaccinated. Of the recorded Covid-19-related deaths, 302 were males and 179 were females and mostly aged 61 years old and above

The case fatality rate of the province is at three percent or three out of 100 patients die from Covid-19.

From August to September this year, the province listed the highest number of cases in a day on Sept. 20 with 337, followed by 334 cases on Sept. 21, and 311 cases on Sept. 16. 

PHO likewise recorded that the 18 to 30 years old age group has the highest number of infections at 4,444 from the total 16,655 confirmed cases since last year.

This is followed by the 31 to 40 years old group with 3,355 cases and zero to 17 years age group with 2,154 cases.

The province’s overall epidemic risk level is still at high risk as it recorded an average daily attack rate of 53.53 and two-week growth rate of 116 percent as of Sept. 29. 

Atok, Bokod, and Kibungan, the latter previously at low risk, are in critical epidemic risk level while the other 10 towns are at high risk level.

As of Sept. 29, the province has 3,322 active cases with 494 deaths and 12,839 recoveries. PHO also detected 62 variant cases since last year.

Gov. Melchor Diclas said they are waiting for the arrival of 52,000 vaccines from the national government to be used on 26,000 people. He noted there was a significant increase in the public’s acceptability of vaccination following the surge in cases.

Benguet has a consumption rate of 72.56 percent for the various vaccines.

Of the 338,754 targeted 70 percent of the population, the province has already fully vaccinated 56,321 individuals and partially vaccinated 77,678 residents from the A1 to A5 groups. – Ofelia C. Empian