Four cities, 6 towns start vaccinating A-4 population
HIGH RISK AREAS
DAGUPAN City and other cities/towns have started inoculating A-4 population or workers in the essential sector with COVID-19 vaccines starting July 13 after they were classified as high risk areas for COVID-19 by the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) of the Department of Health-Center for Health Development 1 (DOH-CHD 1).
Other areas given the green light to vaccinate A-4 population are Alaminos City, San Carlos City, Urdaneta City, Bolinao, Labrador, Laoac, Mabini, San Manuel and San Nicolas.
The ten towns and cities are among the 54 areas in Region 1 classified by RESU as high risk areas on account of their still continuing high cases of COVID-19 based on classification approved by the Regional Vaccination Operations Center (RVOC) headed by Dr. Valeriano Lopez, regional director for DOH-CHD 1.
Classified as high risks in the region are: La Union (15 towns including San Fernando City), Ilocos Sur (19 towns including Vigan City), and Ilocos Norte (10 towns including Laoag City).
In his Advisory No. 16, Valeriano said high risk areas may initiate vaccination for Priority Group A-4 supply permitting, without disregarding Priority Groups A-1 (front line health workers), A-2 (senior citizens) and A-3 (persons with co-morbidities).
As of July 20, Pangasinan, with its 3 million population, still had the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 12,521, followed by La Union (8,492), Ilocos Sur (4,452), Ilocos Norte (4,382) and Dagupan City (1,941).
Overall, there were 21,777 confirmed cases and 5,819 cases were considered active: 848 in hospitals, 4,759 on home quarantine; and 212 cases in quarantine facilities.
Active cases were broken down as: Pangasinan (450 cases in hospitals, 1,258 on home quarantine and 28 in quarantine facilities), La Union (152 in hospitals 1,381 on home quarantine; 59 in quarantine facilities), Ilocos Sur (151 in hospitals, 1,088 on home quarantine; 77 in quarantine facilities; and Ilocos Norte (69 in hospitals; 908 on home quarantine; and 77 in quarantine facilities).
In Dagupan City alone, there were 26 cases in hospitals; 124 on home quarantine; and 7 in quarantine facilities.
On July 20 alone, 178 cases were logged: 49 from Pangasinan, 28 from La Union; 96 from Ilocos Norte, 3 from Ilocos Sur, and 2 from Dagupan City. (Leonardo Micua)
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