Sun.Star Baguio

CAR Covid cases nears 6-K level

- Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Reporter

SINCE the start of the health pandemic due to the Covid- 19 in March, the Department of Health Cordillera Administra­tive Region ( DOH- CAR) recorded 5,741 positive cases in the region as of December 1

DOH - CAR however posted a 90.6% recovery rate or 5,202 were given a clean bill of health after getting infected by the virus.

Doctor Jennifer Joyce Pira, Medical Officer 4 of DOH-CAR said the region now ranks ninth among the 17 regions in the country

with the most number of Covid-19 cases in the country.

“As of December 1, the Cordillera Administra­tive Region has an additional 362 cases or a 6.73% increase in positive Covid-19 cases that have been added to the November 25 data,” Pira reported.

Pira added 478 cases were admitted to the different health facilities with five in critical and 23 are severe.

The medical officer said death toll is now at 61 with fatality rate of 1.06%.

“The critical care utilizatio­n rate is at 44.90% with more males being affected by the virus than females. Baguio City has the most number of cases with 3,031 cases followed by Benguet with 2,073. Clustering of cases were noted in areas where mass gatherings have been observed in various work places, households and commercial public areas within the region,” Pira stated.

DOH-CAR noted that although the region continues to record positive Covid-19 cases, its health management maybe highly considerab­le based on its 90.6% recovery rate.

“The recovery rate is high and we get that from our health care system which is very caring and the support, aside from the person itself who recovers well to which they strictly follow health protocols upon recovery. We would like to congratula­te the Cordillera region who aside from having a high recovery rate, the Cordillera­n’s are very aware of our present health pandemic aside from having a high resistance level,” Pira added.

CAR is one of the top 3 with high testing capacity rate which is vital in identifyin­g coronaviru­s cases.

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