BAGUIO

DOH confirms Covid-19 reinfection

DESPITE recording 1,215 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) as of September 24, the Department of Health (DOH) posted a minimal number of re-infection from fully recovered coronavirus patients.

Karen Lonogan, DOH-CAR senior health program officer, said they have recorded recurrence of three confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region.

"We received these reports of patients that were positive who were discharged because they have recovered and eventually becomes positive again," Lonogan said.

Dr. Ruby Constantino, DOH-CAR director, meanwhile, reiterated the continuous observance of minimum health protocol aside from undertaking measures to prevent the public from acquiring flu-like symptoms aside from the coronavirus, which may be prevalent particularly during these cold months.

"As we all know, the symptoms of Covid is usually influenza-like symptoms, which is the more that we have to be cautious with our health especially here in Baguio where it is beginning to have a cold weather. We are more prone to influenza-like symptoms, which is why the more that we have to practice also the minimum health standards, and with the Covid virus all around us, it is possible for us to acquire this virus," Constantino added.

Covid-19 cases recorded in CAR increased by 37.6 percent since September 9.

From the 883 cases recorded in September 9, DOH-CAR on September 24 reported that the region has 1,215 confirmed cases with 16 deaths at 1.03 case fatality rate and 913 or 75.1 percent recoveries with a prevalence rate of 67.5 per 100,000 population.

As of September 23, 87,416 or 4.8 percent individuals out of the 1.8 million population in CAR have been tested, with 1,215 or 1.39 percent confirmed positive.

Kalinga Province has the highest number of cases at 3.6 percent positivity rate.


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