THE Davao City Covid-19 Task Force said Davao City is averaging 1 to 1.5 percent positivity rate on a weekly basis, said spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser on July 1, 2022.

During a radio interview, Schlosser said the positivity rate is computed on a daily and weekly basis and it is still noted to be within the safe threshold of five percent for the past weeks.

However, as of Friday, July 1, a positivity rate of three percent was computed from 12 new confirmed cases thus Schlosser said that the weekly average may be noted with a slight increase.

“We will wait for the consolidation for this week’s cases so we will be able to give you the updated positivity rate, but we are expecting it will increase because the cases are increasing,” Schlosser said.

According to the data from the task force, from June 19 to 25, Schlosser said 65 cases were recorded, 50 of which were vaccinated, seven are unvaccinated, and eight are still being validated.

During this time, five to ten positive cases are recorded on average, which are taken from approximately 300 to 800 RT-PCR swab tests specimen. This connotes that the city continues to conduct testing even with the low number of positive cases.

“We’re still swabbing people, especially those close contact of people with symptoms, and also those kahit wala’y (who are not) close contact pero naa’y (but has) manifestation of Covid-19 related symptoms,” she Schlosser said.

In the event that Covid-19 continues to rise, Schlosser said the city government is prepared to handle the situation.

The spokesperson added that the teleconsultation of three Covid-19 Cluster Clinics is already operational, and two additional temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in Paquibato and Marilog are underway.

“Kung monaghan gyod og maayo ang cases (If the cases will increase even more), what we did before, we rented hotels to accommodate our patients... It is important to also know na permitted na ang home quarantine (that home quarantine is now permitted) with or without surge,” she said. ICM