ONLY 287 NEW CASES
THE Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported that, as of February 18, a decline in cases in Pangasinan was noted with only new 287 active COVID-19 cases registered, 255 of which were from affected towns and cities while 32 were from Dagupan, an independent component city.
The number was 57 cases lower than the total provincial tally on February 11 and the continued decline, according to health officials, may still be seen in days ahead owing to the gradual rise of temperature as summer in Northern Philippines has finally set in.
The PHO reported that of the 29 new confirmed cases on February 18, 26 were from Pangasinan’s component towns and cities and three were from Dagupan. Of the four new confirmed deaths, two were from Pangasinan and the other two from Dagupan.
To date, the overall total confirmed cases in Pangasinan have risen to 4,747 but still considered by the national Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Disease (IATF) as among the lowest in the entire country. Of the number, 3,635 were from Pangasinan and 1,112 from Dagupan City.
Notably, of the total 4,747 confirmed cases, 4,243 (89%) had recovered, at least 3,205 (75%) from Pangasinan and 1,336 (25%) from Dagupan.
Compared to other provinces, Pangasinan only lost 217 lives (4.5%), with Pangasinan accounting for 175 (80%) and Dagupan City, 42 (20%).
However, Dr. Rheuel Bobis, COVID-19 focal person in Region 1, remarked that because of Pangasinan’s area and population, the province continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 cases among all four provinces in Region 1.
Among component towns and cities, the town of Sta. Maria now leads with the most number of active COVID-19 cases with 24, followed by Urdaneta City (21), Malasiqui (20), Mangaldan (18) and San Carlos City (15).
PHO has shifted its focus in the five towns and cities owing to their still rising cases.
Meanwhile, the provincial government continues to prepare for the expected roll out of the COVID-19 vaccines. (Leonardo Micua)
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