BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental remained under the “low risk” classification, despite the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the past several days, the Department of Health-Western Visayas Center for Health Development reported on May 3.
Bacolod City, meanwhile, was again placed on “high risk” classification, after its Covid-19 average daily attack rate was logged at 8.32 per 100,000 population, compared to 4.41 in Negros Occidental, that is composed of 31 towns and cities, Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray of the DOH-WV Center for Health and Development said.
Records of the Provincial Incident Management Team showed that Covid-19 active cases in Negros Occidental rose to more than 2,000 on May 1, after it went down to 1,852 in the last week of April.
Natalaray, who spoke at the regular online series “Isyung Bakuna” of the Philippine Information Agency 6 and DOH6, said that the high average daily attack rate classification of Bacolod City rose from 7.30 in the past three to four weeks, to 8.30 from April 19 to May 2.
DOH-CHD records showed that the case fatality rate of Negros Occidental, with 208 deaths as of May 2, was logged at 1.8 percent, while Bacolod City, with 216 deaths due to Covid-19, was at 2.86 percent.
All over Western Visayas, Natalaray said the average cases per day also increased, from 261 in April, to 372 for this month. While the healthcare utilization in Region 6 remains at low risk, there are some areas with moderate to high utilization of Covid-19 wards and ICU beds, with 61 percent utilization in Bacolod City, and 38 percent for Negros Occidental, the DOH added.*