COVID case management in Baguio responsive- CHO

Metro BLISTT

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 24 (PIA) – Infection control and prevention system is in place and that case management is very much responsive to the increasing cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID – 19) in Baguio.

City Health Office Dr. Rowena Galpo, in an online Kapihan media forum today, reported that aside from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and the five other hospitals in the city, there are two Temporary Quarantine and Treatment facilities– the revived Sto. Niño Hospital and the Roxas Hall of Teachers Camp that cater to mild and asymptomatic cases. The facilities have 90 bed-capacity each.

To date, Sto. Nino has 82 cases admitted or 91 percent occupancy while Teachers Camp has 41 admission, Galpo shared. For the temporary holding/quarantine area for returning OFW at Teachers Camp, from Roxas Hall it was moved to the Fernandez Hall, she added.

Galpo also informed that the city has now a central triage area at the Baguio Convention Center which is already operational since September 20.

As of September 23, data, Baguio City has a total of 629 confirmed cases with 400 or 63.59 percent of the cases already recovered, 217 or 34.5 percent are active and 12 recorded death or 1.91 percent fatality rate.

The most affected group is the 22 to 39 – year old bracket and there are more female patients. Despite the responsive infection control and management system in place, Galpo reminds the public anew to cooperate and strictly obey the minimum health standards and safety protocols to protect themselves from COVID-19.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also recently issued a memorandum directing law enforcement agencies and the city barangays to strictly monitor and ensure that people adhere to basic protocols after contact tracing reports show that the current surge in cases are due to drinking sessions, shared eating utensils, engagement in prolonged unnecessary social gatherings and non-observance of physical distancing.