PHO: COVID-19 cases continue to spiral

By January 16, 2022Headlines


THE daily increase of cases in the newest spike in COVID-19 in Pangasinan is now in three digit figures, the biggest of which was 230 logged on January 13, based on the monitoring of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).

PHO data show a daily average of 18 cases logged by the province from December 31 to January 6, it went up to a high of 153 per day average from January 7 to 13 and the cases still continue to mount.

The new spike incases prompted a number of local governments to scramble in reopening their already closed or dismantled isolation facilities in order to accommodate those diagnosed with COVID-19 cases but are mild and asymptomatic cases.

Dagupan City had just reactivated 110 isolation units in anticipation of a sudden increase in COVID-19 and so far only eighth percent of these had yet been accommodated, said Dr. Ophelia Rivera, the city’s COVID-19 focal person.

Based on the data shared by the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the PHO, there were also 175 new cases on January 12, January 11 (175) January 10 (179) and January 9 (125).  Three successive days before, only double digit figures were recorded: 92 on January 8, 93 on January 7, and 59 on January 6.

Overall, there were a total of 1,123 new cases that came in from January 6 to 12, dwarfing the 84 recoveries logged for the same period. There were 11 persons that also died.

Active cases as of January 13 stood at 1,113, whereas it was only 77 on January 5.

This brought to 26,816 the total number of COVID-19 cases so far logged since the pandemic began March 16, 2020. Of the number, 34,468 had recovered while 1,125 died.

Dagupan City remained as the epicenter of the pandemic in Pangasinan with 294 active cases as of January 12, followed by Lingayen (73), Calasiao (69), Urdaneta City (57), San Carlos City (54), Malasiqui (51), Sta. Barbara (48), Mangaldan (41), Asingan (40), Binmaley (37) and Bautista (35).

Only Agno, Bolinao, Dasol, Infanta and Sual remained COVID-19 free. (Leonardo Micua)

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