CASES of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have breached the 400 mark, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
Newly installed DOH regional director Dr. Ruby Constantino said there were already 439 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region, with seven death and 287 recoveries.
Constantino said 247 cases were recorded from July 30 to August 13 with an incidence rate of 34.4 percent per 1,000 population.
"As of the latest monitoring system of DOH-CAR, the case doubling time in our region is at 15.38 days, while the critical care differentiation rate is at 51.55 percent, which still situates us at the initiation phase. Two hundred fifty-eight males or 58.77 percent were affected with the age group 20 to 39 years old, which are the working group. Out of the 439 cases, 141 are still admitted but are in stable condition while four sever cases are being closely monitored," Constantino said.
Baguio City has the highest number of cases with 190, followed by Benguet with 107, Abra (58), Kalinga (35), Apayao (23), Ifugao (18) and Mountain Province (8).
"Clustering of cases was noted in various places and settings such us in the Province of Abra, particularly the municipalities of Bucay, Lacub and in a hospital, in banks of Benguet, in a religious congregation in Kalinga, and in the Barangays of Camp 7, Irisan and Queen of Peace, in government workplace, supermarket in Mabini and banks at Session road all in Baguio City," Constantino added.
She noted that the lifting of travel restrictions allowing more movement among citizens as a contributory factor in the increasing trend of confirmed cases within the region.
"The enhanced regional healthcare systems capacity is a noteworthy aspect for the increased detection of confirmed cases. This includes the increased testing capacity of Covid-19 sub national laboratories like the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and the Parkway laboratory combined," Constantino added.