THE CITY reached an average daily positivity rate of 5.66 percent from July 13 to 16, 2022, with one barangay classified as high-risk and 11 others as moderate risk.

Davao City logged a total of 220 active COVID-19 cases as of July 16, at least 70 more than the number of cases reported from July 3 to 9. Of the 220 cases, a total of 128 are asymptomatic, 84 are mild, four are moderate, and three are severe.

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As of 8 a.m. on July 17, the number of COVID-19 patients on approved home isolation is 99, while 63 others are admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC). 

Twenty cases were endorsed to facility assignment, 15 are still for triaging, ten are in private hospitals, seven in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF), three under the SPMC home care program, two under the Davao Doctors Hospital (DDH) home care program, and one admitted to a hospital outside Davao City.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson, said that mandatory face mask wearing and frequent handwashing are the remaining MPHS being enforced in the city to help combat the COVID-19 transmission.

“We are very particular with the MPHS. Even if there are no more restrictions, dapat na ma-follow gihapon ang MPHS (the MPHS must still be followed),” she said in a recent 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program.

She said that wearing face masks is still strongly recommended by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization as it is the only way to prevent disease transmission from respiratory droplets of infected and non-infected persons.

The city health official said, “The transmission can only be hampered through the wearing of face masks. We cannot see the respiratory droplets as they are very microscopic.” 

Schlosser added that the first layer of protection is wearing face masks and the strong layer of protection against the disease is vaccination.

The City Government of Davao and the City COVID-19 Task Force have repeatedly been reminding Dabawenyos about the MPHS, which she said has been proven effective in protecting people from COVID-19 transmission over the past two years, as well as vaccination that also protects people from contracting severe or critical symptoms of the disease that may lead to death.

Meanwhile, Buhangin District logged the highest number of active COVID-19 cases with 72, followed by Talomo District (63) in second, Poblacion District (40) third, Bunawan (12) fourth, Tugbok (11) fifth, Toril (five) sixth, Calinan (three) seventh, Paquibat (two) eighth, and Marilog (one) ninth.

Only Baguio District reported a zero COVID-19 case.

Although Davao City is categorized as low risk for the sixth straight week, some of its barangays are classified as high risk and moderate risk.

Barangay 3-A is the lone high-risk barangay while moderate-risk barangays include barangays 11-B, 14-B, 16-B, 18-B, 20-B, and 4-A; A. Angliongto Sr., Gov. Paciano Bangoy, Mabuhay, and Mudiang.


Source: Mindanao Times (