Davao’s COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 5.6%
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/July 13) – The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) positivity rate in Davao City edged above the acceptable threshold as it rose to 5.6% on Wednesday, an official said. of the Davao municipal government.
During her show on Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5), Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson for the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force, said the recent positivity rate was much higher than the average for weeks. previous 1 to 1.5%.
The acceptable threshold, set by the World Health Organization, is 5%.
As the local government observed an increase in the number of cases, Schlosser reiterated his calls for strict adherence to minimum public health standards and urged Dabawenyos to obtain their primary doses of COVID-19 vaccines as well as their doses of reminder.
Based on data released by the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao as of July 12, the combined total number of COVID-19 cases in the city stands at 72,908, of which 147 are active.
But Schlosser said despite the trend, the increase is not cause for concern.
She said the local government hopes Dabawenyos will continue to follow existing health protocols to prevent transmission of the highly infectious virus.
She said implementing strict measures, as what the city government has done here to bring previous outbreaks of COVID-19 under control, would wreak havoc on the local economy and public livelihoods.
Schlosser said health officials hoped the positivity rate would not reach such a point that it would force the local government to re-enforce strict measures to contain the spread of infection.
She said the city does not want its status to revert to higher alert levels. The city is currently under Alert Level 1 until July 15.
Schlosser said local government wants to maintain a balance between people’s safety and the economy.
In a text message, she said the city was building temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF) in Paquibato and Marilog districts in preparation for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases.
“We always prepare for the worst all the time,” she said.
Schlosser said the existing isolation facilities are not yet fully occupied.
“At the moment, we have no problems with our TTMFs. In anticipation of the worst situation, we are building TTMFs. However, if our newly built TTMFs are not enough, we will certainly reactivate our previous strategies such as leasing hotels,” she said. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)