THERE are currently 373 Covid-19 admissions in Davao Region as of May 15, 2022, according to the latest Covid-19 Case Bulletin of the Department of Health (DOH) - Davao.

This was an increase of 40 Covid-19 admissions recorded as of May 7.

This progress resulted in healthcare utilization in the region of 24.9 percent or 50 ICU beds occupied out of 201 available in total and 24.7 percent or 273 non-ICU beds, out of 1,106 available, are occupied as well.

Around 6.17 percent or 23 admissions out of the total 373 are tagged as severe and critical admissions.

DOH-Davao also reported 32 new Covid-19 cases regionwide from May 9 to 15, 2022, five of which were tagged as severe and critical cases, while logging an average of five cases daily. Seven Covid-19 deaths were also verified during this week.

In Davao City, Covid-19 Task Force Dr. Michelle Schlosser said during a radio interview on May 18 that the city currently has 14 active cases and zero recent deaths as of May 15.

Schlosser said the majority of the 14 active cases are admitted into hospitals or at the temporary treatment and management facilities (TTMF) in the city.

“Naga padayon gihapon ta'g monitor but we are hoping dili na ni siya madungagan (We continue to monitor and we are hoping the number of cases won’t increase),” Schlosser said. She said Covid-19 positive patients who do not survive are usually unvaccinated and tagged as severe and critical cases.

In terms of vaccination accomplishment in the Davao Region, 71 percent of the 4,397,683 target population is fully vaccinated, which is equivalent to 3,124,315.

From May 9 to 16, 7,672 booster dose vaccination were administered region-wide, totaling 459,848 booster doses utilized as of May 16, but for Davao City, first booster dose administration is still at 254,679 as of May 13.

With another surge anticipated due to recent super-spreader events and the looming Omicron sub-variant BA.2.12.1, Davao City Covid-19 Task Force is confident they are ready to handle the situation if ever the cases spike.

“I can really assure the public that prepared man gyud ang Davao City (Davao City is really prepared). Ato pong ginabalik-balik diri, we already have in place strategies,” Schlosser said.

DOH-Davao reminds the public to keep wearing their face masks, get vaccinated, and observe best practices against Covid-19.