COVID-19 cases up by 92 % in a week – OCTA

By September 18, 2022Top Stories


AFTER President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. issued an executive order making optional the wearing of face masks outdoor, the E.O. may not do well in Pangasinan because OCTA Research saw a spike in COVID-19 cases in the last seven days from September 6.

This was confirmed by OCTA’s Dr. Guido David who confirmed on Twitter that Pangasinan, like Rizal province, is seeing a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

OCTA said the seven-day average of new cases in Pangasinan increased to 69, from 36. as of September 13, or growth rate of 92% over a week period.

The one-week growth rate of COVID-19 cases in the province was previously at 8%, OCTA said.

At the same time, the disease’s reproduction rate in Pangasinan increased to 1.40, from 1.10, as of September 10. However, the Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) increased to 2.18 per 100,000 population, it is still considered low.

OCTA said health care utilization for COVID-19 Pangasinan remained low at 30%, while the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy also remained low at 17%.

It also noted that the positivity rate increased to 10.9% from 6.9% on September 12.

Although Pangasinan remained at low risk, it must monitor the rise of cases closely. (Leonardo Micua)

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