November 30, 2022

The Cordillera’s Covid-19 epidemic level has improved to minimal risk, but the Department of Health advised the public not to be complacent to ensure a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Based on the Dec. 13 data of the DOH, Cordillera has an Average Daily Attack Rate of 0.77 percent and a two-week growth rate of negative 63 percent. 

In terms of health care utilization rate, the region’s bed utilization rate is down to 23 percent and ICU utilization is at 28 percent. Utilization rate of the region’s temporary treatment and monitoring facilities is down at one percent.

On Covid-19 case update, the DOH-Cordillera’s Dec. 15 bulletin shows that the region’s active cases are down to 144 with 90,697 recoveries and 2,232 death cases. 

As per Inter Agency Task Force against Covid-19, the Cordillera, like the rest of the country, is placed under Alert Level 2 until the end of the year.

Despite the improving Covid-19 situation, DOH-Cordillera Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan advised the public to strictly follow the minimum public health protocols such as maintaining physical distancing, wearing face mask, washing hands, avoiding crowded places, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, and staying at home if not feeling well.

She also calls on eligible individuals who are not yet vaccinated to get their Covid-19 jabs for their protection.   

“Vaccination is the safest way for our bodies to develop immune protection against Covid-19 while relatively new vaccines are already proven safe,” Pangilinan said.

The Cordillera Bayanihan, Bakunahan part 2 on Dec. 15 to 17 was also able to administer 17,378 vaccines.

As of Dec. 14 data of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center, 1,785,029 vaccines were administered to 12 years old and above eligible population in the Cordillera.

In line with the national target of vaccinating 70 percent of the population by yearend, the Cordillera has 81.08 percent partially vaccinated and 65.93 percent fully vaccinated out of the regional target of 1,275,904 individuals. – Carlito C. Dar