April 14, 2024

Omicron continues to be the dominant Covid-19 variant affecting 65 percent of cases in the Baguio as of Sept. 12 according to a local health official.
In the management committee meeting of local officials Sept. 20, City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said Delta variant affects 20 percent of cases, followed by the Alpha and Beta variants affecting 10 and five percent of infected individuals, respectively.
As to Omicron’s subvariants, she said BA.5 is most dominant at 63 percent; B.1.1.529, 35 percent; with both BA.2.12.1 and BA 4 subvariants at one percent each.
The good news is, the city continues to be at low risk, level 1 status, with a decreasing two-week positivity rate of 6.71 percent to 5.19 percent and dipping average daily attack rate of 6.5 to 2.6/100,000 as of Sept. 17, Galpo said.
The city also experienced a negative two-week growth rate of (-)54 percent to (-)57 percent and weekly infection rate of 0.66 to 0.62 while the average tests done during the same period increased from 288 to 296.
She said as of Sept. 19, the city’s hospitalization critical utilization rate is 44/379 to 46/379 (10.55 to 11.64 percent) while its isolation facility bed occupancy is 24/275 to 13/275 or 6.9 to 4.72 percent. – Gaby B.Keith