COVID-19 positivity and growth rates in Baguio City continue to decline towards the Christmas break, health authorities said. City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said Covid-19 positivity rate here for the past two weeks decreased from 21.88 to 17 percent while growth rate during the same period dipped significantly from (-)7 to (-)31 percent. These figures indicate that the ‘low risk’ (level 1) status in the city was maintained despite the surge of tourism in the past weeks.

The infectious disease’s average daily attack rate in the city also went down from 5.6/ 100,000 to 4.3/100,000 while a downturn was seen in its weekly infection rate from 0.93 to 0.79, Galpo noted. She said the city’s hospital critical utilization rate increased slightly from 27.97 to 28.5 percent while its isolation facility bed occupancy decreased from 5.24 to 3.37 percent (9/267). The local health chief said, however, that the average RTPCR tests done in the city for the past two weeks declined from 231 to 119 tests per day Omicron continues to be the dominant Covid-19 variant of concern, by type, in the city causing 72 percent of cases followed by Delta, 16 percent; Alpha, 8 percent; and the Beta variant infecting 4 percent of patients.

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