City’s positivity rate soars – Mindanao Times

DAVAO City registered 30 new cases of COVID-19 on July 6, 2022, with a positivity rate of 6.3%, which already exceeds the acceptable level of 5%.

The city’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Dr. Michelle Schlosser, during the city’s COVID-19 alert program Davao City Disaster Radio 87.5 FM (DCDR) on Wednesday said the 30 cases were far higher than what the city usually has.

“Previously, naga-medium your one to 1.5 percent then harass three percent. From June 26 to July 3, harass five percent your. This week, we averaged a six percent positivity rate. Certainly, nagataas gyud ta on a daily basis. on average a positivity rate of 6%. Granted, it’s increasing daily),” she said.

On Tuesday, July 5, the city recorded 17 new active cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 6%.

The city had previously only seen single-digit cases since being placed under Level 1 Alert status in March 2022. There were times when active cases hit double-digits, but were generally between 10 and 20.

Since March 2022, it was the first time that new COVID-19 cases reached 30 in one day, which is why Dr. Schlosser warned Dabawenyos against complacency and again urged them to remain vigilant.

She said: “This is a reminder for us, di ba naa ta karon sa alert level 1? It could affect us. Kung gusto nato mag-stay her alert level 1, we must contribute. While contributing, we must always follow the minimum public health standards, which wear face masks and observe hand hygiene. And then also, kinahanglan gyud ta magpabakuna (This is a reminder for us, aren’t we currently under Alert Level 1? This could affect us. If we want to stay under Alert Level 1, we must contribute. When contributing, we must follow the minimum public health standards, who wear face masks and observe hand hygiene. And then we also have to get vaccinated).

She reiterated that the data shows that vaccination works against the severity of the disease and protects people against death.

Increasing the positivity rate, she says, depends on discipline, cooperation and input from Davaoeños, as maintaining a low-alert-level status is a collaborative effort.

She added: “If we are to remain under Alert Level 1, we must be on our guard at all times. Dili gyud ta magpabaya or we will suffer the consequence (We must not be negligent or we will suffer the consequence).

She also pointed out that of the four deaths from June 26 to July 2, three were unvaccinated while the other was vaccinated but received no booster shots.

Dr Schlosser said COVID-19 vaccines do not guarantee against infection with the virus but they do provide protection against the severity of the disease.

Because the vaccine’s effectiveness declines after six months or more, she said those who received the two-dose series still need to get their boosters to ensure protection against severe or critical symptoms of the disease that could put their life in danger.

The city’s booster rollout remained low as only 278,866 or 21.09% received their first boosters of the 1,333,537 fully immunized people as of June 30, 2022.

Dr. Schlosser also urged Davaoeños to go to the nearest district health center to take advantage of their missed, primary or booster doses.

COVID-19 vaccination teams are administering injections at the city’s 18 district health centers from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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