LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health regional office in Bicol has reiterated the importance of observing the minimum public health standards after noting a slight increase in the trend of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the region.
A 14 percent rise in cases was observed based on DOH-Bicol comparative analysis of Covid-19 cases between morbidity week 10 (March 7 to 13) and morbidity week 11 (March 14 to 20) by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU).
“Morbidity Week 10 recorded 103 cases while Morbidity Week 11 recorded 117 cases. Nag-increase ng 14 cases (It rose by 14 cases). Fourteen over 103 is 14 percent,” Noemi Bron, DOH public affairs chief, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Wednesday.
“With the upcoming observance of Holy Week, there is a possibility of a continuous increase in Covid-19 cases in the region,” DOH-Bicol advisory warned.
“Local Government Units are enjoined to strengthen the profiling and screening of incoming travelers for signs and symptoms of Covid-19, and recommending appropriate quarantine/isolation measures based on existing guidelines for the prevention and management of Covid-19 in the region,” the health advisory added.
DOH-Bicol also urged the public to strictly practice the minimum public health standards, or the BIDA+ Solusyon against Covid-19 — Bawal walang face mask at face shield (Non-wearing of face mask and face shield is prohibited) ; I-sanitize ang mga kamay at iwasan ang kulob na lugar (Wash your hands and avoid poor ventilated areas); Dumistansya ng isang metro at limitahan ang pisikal na interaksyon sa iba (Keep a one-meter distance and limit physical interaction); and Alamin ang tamang impormasyon, plus suportahan ang FDA-approved na bakuna (Learn the right information plus support FDA-approved vaccines).
As of March 23, the Bicol Region has recorded 5,179 cumulative cases of Covid-19, with 4,538 recoveries; 227 deaths, and 414 active cases.
“To prevent the numbers from further increasing, DOH-Bicol urges the public to cooperate and follow the necessary steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19,” Bron added. (PNA)