Is COVID-19 contagion slowing down?

THE province is seeing very positive signs in the provincial government’s campaign to flatten the curve.

The Provincial Health Office shows there are already 1,706 COVID-19 cases registered in Pangasinan and 1,439 (or 84.3%) patients had recovered leaving only 259 active cases while the death toll stands at 71 deaths.

This as only 102 newly confirmed cases were registered while 164 patients more have recovered and eight deaths accounted for over the seven-day period from October 30 to November 5. The lowest count over a 7-day period since.

With the exception of the sudden increase of cases in Sison town on November 1 when 11 workers of a cement plant tested positive, the trend in Pangasinan is seen as a sign that the contagion of COVID-19 could already be slowing down.

Note the daily numbers: (October 30)-9 newly confirmed cases and 47 recovered; (October 31) – 22 new cases, 21 recoveries; (November 1) – 16 new  cases, 21 recoveries; (November 2)- 10 new cases, 18 recoveries; (November 3) – 12  new cases, 7 recoveries;  (November 4)- 11 new cases, 33 recoveries; (November 5) – 22 new cases, 13 recoveries.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna de Guzman attributed the increasing number of recoveries to the realization of asymptomatic residents that seeking medical help on mere suspicion of having mild symptoms ensures better chances of recovery.

PHO statistics also show that most of the newly confirmed active COVID-19 cases were frontliners, authorized persons outside residence (APOR), those with close contacts with patients, locally stranded Individuals (LSI) and a few Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Also, the asymptomatic among new confirmed cases were promptly isolated in LGU facilities while those with moderate to severe symptoms were confined in hospitals.

De Guzman pointed out that the asymptomatic patients have greater chances of recovery and have lesser chances to infect other persons.

Meanwhile, thee recent fatalities were: (October 30)- a 72-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman from Dagupan City and a 56-year old man from Mangaldan;
(October 31) – a 66-year-old man from Sta. Barbara. (November 1)- a 49-year-old man, a 62-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, both from Calasiao; (November 2) – a 41-year-old man from Urbiztondo; (November 3) – a 84-year-old man from Tayug. (Leonardo Micua)

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