PHOTO CAPTION: The utilization of COVID-19 ward beds at the Aklan provincial hospital is presently at ‘only’ 35 percent./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–Finally, some bit of silver lining for Aklan: the health care utilization rate for COVID-19 cases in the province is now considered low risk, and a slowdown in growth rate and the average daily attack rate has also been observed in the most recent two weeks.
As of August 22, 2021, 20 out of 47 or 42.5 percent of intensive care unit beds were occupied while the COVID ward beds at the Aklan provincial hospital is at 38 percent with 35 admissions, according to data from the Provincial Health Office.
Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Cornelio Cuachon, Jr. said the province reported 88 new positive cases with a positive rate of 30.2 percent on August 22, bringing the total to 11,366 confirmed cases.
But while the new cases in Aklan from July 21 to August 3 reached a total of 2,561, new cases reported from August 4 to 17 totaled ‘only’ 1, 239, which is a 51.62 percent decrease.
The average daily attack rate (ADAR) also started to decline from 30.21 percent the previous two weeks (July 21 to August 3) to 14.51 percent in the recent two weeks (August 4 to August 17).
“Sana bumaba (pa) ang COVID-19 cases. Mataas pa rin ang positivity rate at ADAR. Huwag tayo maging complacent sa situation [We hope the COVID-19 cases would continue to decrease. The positivity rate and ADAR are still high, so let’s not be complacent],” Cuachon said.
Kalibo had 29 new infections, Banga with 12, Malay with 9, and Numancia and Tangalan with eight cases each.
On August 22, Makato, Batan, Lezo, and Balete recorded three new cases each, Ibajay and Altavas two cases each, and Buruanga, Malinao, and New Washington logged one case each.
Even though Aklan has no Delta variant cases, Cuachon reminded the people to comply with the established health protocols like social distancing, frequent sanitizing of hands, and mask-wearing.
As this developed, it was learned the province is awaiting the genome sequencing of 58 samples sent to the Philippine Genome Center. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)