Covid- 19’ s two- week growth rate in city increases to 60.10% as compared to 43.60% in past 3- 4 weeks
Davao City’s daily average attack has increased from 1.2 to 2 percent
THE Department of Health- Davao Region ( DOH- Davao) has recorded a rising Covid- 19 growth rate in Davao City for the past two weeks.
Based on DOH- Davao’s data as of October 15, the city’s current two- week growth rate is at 60.10 percent (%), compared to the 43.60% recorded in the past three to four weeks.
DOH- Davao Region Assistant Director Lenny Joy Rivera said on Friday, October 16, in the One Davao on Covid- 19 virtual presser that the two- week growth rate is a measurement that shows how quickly the number of cases is changing in the two- week period.
Meanwhile, the city’s daily average attack has increased from 1.2 to 2 percent.
Rivera said the attack rate provides the incidence or how many confirmed positive cases per 100,000 population.
“For the attack rate, diyan natin nakikita yung risk natin ( we are able to see the risk) of having an infection or the burden of a disease in a specific area and a specific time.
Based on this data, DOHDavao deemed both rates in the city under “moderate” level.
The DOH official said both the growth and attack rate are being used as indicators in the current Covid- 19 situation in the ground, particularly on what measures needed to be improved to curb the further transmission of the Covid- 19.
Rivera said this rate was the city’s reference in its reimposition of strict measures such as the 7 p. m. to 5 a. m. curfew and liquor ban.
“That’s the reason why the city government [ has] conducted different measures such as curfew, maraming meetings, and monitoring,” she said.
Based on the DOH’s presentation, five areas in Davao City are classified as the areas with the highest risk of Covid- 19 transmission. These are District C, District A, Sasa, Toril A, and District D.
Rivera explained that Districts A, C, and D classification of DOH is different from the congressional districts of the city. She added they have yet to release an expounded list of areas classified under DOH’s district classification.
Rivera previously said there is already a recorded clustering of cases in “confined settings” such as in jails and workplaces.
However, the two- week growth rate of the entire region had decreased from 53.60- percent to 25.60- percent. The average attack rate, however, slightly increased from 0.7 to 0.9. Its rate classification still remains under “low” level.
Meanwhile, five localities in the region are being monitored after recording the highest growth rate of Covid- 19 transmission. These are Monkayo in Davao de Oro; Digos City in Davao del Sur;
Compostela in Davao de Oro; Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur; and Lupon in Davao Oriental.
“Pinag- aaralan talaga namin every week, everyday, kung ano po ‘ yung mga areas kung saan mataas ang attack and growth rate para mabigyan natin ng preventive measures na pwede gawin, and monitor if the minimum health standards ay nasusunod ( We study both rates every week, and every day. We also monitor the attack and growth rate of these areas so we could place preventive measures to be placed, and monitor if the minimum health standards are highly observed),” Rivera said.
High transmission in gatherings Rivera also disclosed that mass gatherings had been highly attributed to the increase of Covid- 19 transmission in the entire region.
“Kasi nakikita po namin na tumataas ang cases, based on contact investigation ay yung mga gatherings... yung mga workplace and lalong- lalo na sa mga gatherings na events after work ( Based on our contact investigation, we saw a surge of cases in workplaces, and other mass gatherings right after work),” she said
“Doon po namin nakikita na marami nagkakahawaan sa birthday party, sa mga wedding, mga special occasions ( We saw a wide transmission of cases on birthday parties, weddings, and other special occasions),” she added.
NO TAKER. Not one vendor can be seen at the Roxas Night Market and only nine masseurs showed up in the evening of October 15 as the Davao City Government cut the operating hours at the night market to two, from 5 to 7 p. m, in relation to the reimposition of the curfew.