MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – At least 266 out of the 301 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) new variant cases in the Ilocos Region have already recovered as of September 24, the regional Department of Health (DOH) office said on Friday.
In a virtual presser hosted by the Philippine Information Agency Ilocos Region, DOH-Center for Health Development (CHD) 1 Covid-19 focal person Dr. Rheuel Bobis said there are 15 recovered patients for Alpha variant in Ilocos Norte, 15 in Ilocos Sur, 21 in La Union, 26 in Pangasinan, and one in Dagupan City.
For the Beta variant, he added that there are eight recoveries in Ilocos Norte, 17 in Ilocos Sur, nine in La Union, 23 in Pangasinan, and one in Dagupan City.
Meanwhile, the number of Delta variant recovered cases in Ilocos Norte is at 49 while there are 20 in Ilocos Sur, eight in La Union, 29 in Pangasinan, and 21 in Dagupan City.
Bobis said three P.3 variant cases in Pangasinan have recovered.
“These patients have already recovered. There are no recorded deaths from among the cases under variants of concern. After their quarantine and negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test results they were discharged,” he said.
He said there are now 35 new variant cases recorded as of September 24 that are being monitored by health authorities.
The new cases of Alpha variant are in La Union with two, four in Pangasinan, and two in Dagupan City.
For the Beta variant, there are new cases in Ilocos Sur with one and nine in Pangasinan, he added.
There are also two new cases of Delta variant in La Union, 11 in Pangasinan, and four in Dagupan City.
Meanwhile, Bobis said the average number of daily new Covid-19 cases in the region is around 800.
The utilization rate of intensive care units (ICU) in Ilocos Sur is at 80 percent, 71 percent in La Union, and 89 percent in Dagupan City, which is considered at high risk.
Ilocos Norte’s ICU utilization rate is at 47 percent and 38 percent in Pangasinan or safe zone, he said.
For the mechanical ventilation utilization rate, La Union is at 72 percent or high risk while the rests of the provinces are in a safe zone.
The utilization rate for the dedicated Covid-19 beds and wards in Ilocos Sur is at 88 percent, 80 percent for La Union, and 70 percent for Dagupan City. They are considered at high risk.
Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan’s utilization rates for dedicated Covid-19 beds and wards are at 38 percent and 56 percent, respectively, or at the safe zone.
Bobis reminded the public to strictly observe the minimum health standards and protocols and have themselves vaccinated especially with the upcoming holiday season.
“With the advent of the Delta variant, it is prudent to exercise the minimum health standards. We have last year that after a week of the end of holidays there was a surge in the number of cases,” he said. (PNA)