COVID-19 slows down in Pangasinan
HIGH HEAT INDEX HELPS?
UNLIKE Metro Manila, Baguio and Benguet, among areas where OCTA Research said COVID-19 cases are rising, Pangasinan is fortunate that the disease is not progressing as can be gleaned from latest records of the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
Records of the PHO shared by the Provincial Information Office to The PUNCH, showed that there were 64 active COVID-19 cases that were logged as of May 17 this year, only seven cases higher than the 57 active cases recorded last May 10.
Of the 64 active cases, 36 or 56.5% were quarantined at LGU isolation facilities, 17 or 26.56% in private hospitals, and 17.19% in government hospitals.
While there were 10 active cases that were added to the 19 active cases on May 17, nine patients had recovered, seven from the province and two from Dagupan, an independent component city.
Proving that the number of COVID-19 cases have not spiked but actually on a downward trend, PHO cited the seven-day daily case average for the period May 4 -10 was 12 cases and was down to 10 cases for the period May 11-17.
Meanwhile, Dagupan continued to lead in the number of active cases in Pangasinan at 14, maintaining the same number of cases it registered a week before.
Dagupan was followed by Malasiqui (9 cases), Alaminos, Mangaldan and San Carlos City (5 each), Aguilar, Binalonan, Mangatarem, Rosales, San Nicolas and Urbiztondo ( 2 each), Basista, Bautista, Calasiao, Umingan and Villasis 1 each).
All these towns and cities have been placed in PHO’s watchlist.
Many believed that the high hot index in Pangasinan, among the highest in the entire country, may have something to do with the slowdown of COVID-19 cases in the province.
With just 64 cases, Pangasinan remained under Alert Level No, 1 in classification by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases. (Leonardo Micua)
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