14 towns, 4 cities in COVID-19 watchlist

By May 14, 2023Headlines


FOURTEEN towns and four cities were recently included in the Provincial Health Office’s  (PHO) COVID-19 watchlist amid reports of increasing number of cases in Pangasinan despite the extreme hot weather with heat index daily no lower than sizzling 40 degrees Celsius.

As of May 10, at least 57 active cases were already registered by the PHO in Pangasinan, 47 of which were in the province and 14 others in Dagupan, an independent component city.

Of these numbers, 19 cases are newly registered active cases. But there were also 14 newly recovered cases: 10 in the province and four in Dagupan. No death was registered.

Data from PHO watchlist show Alaminos City (8 cases), San Carlos City (6), Calasiao (4 ), Mangaldan and San Nicolas (3 each); Agno, Binmaley and Lingayen (2 each); and Aguilar, Bautista, Binalonan, Dasol, Infanta, Mangatarem, Rosales, Urbiztondo and Urdaneta City (one each).

Thirty-six other towns of Pangasinan remain COVID-free as of this writing.

The new active cases brought to 47,486: 42,527 in the province and 4,959 in Dagupan.

Total number of recoveries remain high at 45,999: 41,175 were in the province and 4,524  in Dagupan.

Total deaths remain at 1,430: 1,309 deaths in the province and 11 in Dagupan.

Of the 57 active cases recorded: 34 patients are confined in LGU isolation facilities being only mild and asymptomatic cases while 12 cases are confined in private hospitals, 11 are being treated in government hospitals.

Some LGUs have already reactivated their isolation facilities for quarantine purposes.

PHO noted that the seven-day daily average cases of six cases registered from April 7 to May doubled to 12 in just one week from May 4 to May 10.

However, Dr. Rhuel Bobis, medical officer IV and COVID-19 focal person in Region 1, said despite the rising COVID-19 cases, the good news is, hospital room utilization in Pangasinan and anywhere in Region 1 remains at low risk and the cases are classified as from mild to moderate and are asymptomatic.

Bobis said DOH continues to advise the public to continue practicing the standard health protocols in spite of World Health Organization’s declaration that COVID-19 is no longer a worldwide emergency concern.

He said COVID-19 vaccines are free in all municipal and city health centers as well as in government hospitals. (Leonardo Micua)

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