May 14, 2021 – Baguio City’s Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) numbers have shown slight improvement in the past week, according to the City Health Services Office.

As this developed, Mayor Benjamin Magalong asked the public to continue adhering to the minimum public health standards to sustain the downtrend in cases.

He suggested the use of surgical or better quality face masks for improved protection especially with the threat of the new and more transmissible variants.

City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo said that although the city’s epidemic risk level remained at moderate risk as of May 10, the city fared a little better in the two indicators — the average daily attack rate (ADAR) or the proportion of population that contracts the disease in a specified time and the two-week growth rate (TWGR) which captures how quickly the number of cases is changing every two weeks.

The city’s ADAR for May 3-10 decreased from 15 percent to 14.5 percent while its TWGR also dropped to -40 percent.

As of May 10, the city has a total of 11,253 cases, of which 932 are active.

The city’s case recovery rate was at 89.67 with 10,091 recoveries but the fatality rate remained high at 2.04 percent or an average of two to three deaths per day.

Galpo said that of the 162 deaths, 118 had been confirmed as residents of Baguio City while the residency of the remaining 42 is still being validated.

Hospital care utilization rate also improved at 72.43 percent or high-risk level from the previous critical while isolation utilization was at low-risk level with 56.89 percent occupancy. – Aileen P. Refuerzo