Weekly COVID-19 cases here drops to lowest in four months

The COVID-19 Alert Level for Catanduanes has been  lowered by the IATF to 2 this December 1-15, as the province recorded its lowest weekly tally of new cases since September 2021.

Based on the PHO Covid-19 Tracker, there were only 30 new coronavirus cases from Nov. 21 to 27, a drop of 67 percent compared to the total of 84 for the previous week.

This is also the lowest weekly total for the province since the surge in new cases began on the first week of September, with the highest of 219 recorded on the Oct. 3-9 period.

From Sept. 19 until Nov. 13, the weekly total of new cases were more than 100 each, with the decline first noted during Nov. 14-20 when only 84 new ones were reported.

Pursuant to a resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), the current Alert Level classifications of provinces and cities are being determined by the Department of Health, in coordination and discussion with the Sub-Technical Working Group (STWG) on Data Analytics, for final approval and announcement of the IATF.

Recommendations for the new AL classifications are to be given in time for the 15th and end of the month, the IATF said. However, assessment of areas are being done weekly to determine areas requiring immediate escalation.

Based on the DOH Covid-19 Tracker as of Nov. 27, 2021, the Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) of Catanduanes has gone down to 4.71 cases per 100,000 population.

This is about 7th among the provinces and cities nationwide but far below the 12.41 of Apayao, which is under Alert Level 3.

The Bed Occupancy rate among the six health facilities with COVID wards has also improved to 22.4 percent, with just 17 of the total 76 beds occupied as that date.

The occupancy rate levels for Eastern Bicol Medical Center, Catanduanes Doctors Hospital Inc., Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital, Juan M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital, Pandan District Hospital and Viga District Hospital were evaluated as “safe” as they were all below the threshold of 60%.

According to the DOH tracker, the number of active cases in Catanduanes has dropped to just 86 cases as of Nov. 27, compared to 331 a week ago.

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