STEADILY RIS­ING

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - BY RALPH LAWRENCE G. LLEMIT/ Re­porter / For full story visit sun­star. com. ph/ davaoS

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.

PHOTO BY MARK PERANDOS

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.

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