Pandemic isn’t slowing down in Aklan – DOH-CHD

KALIBO, Aklan–It seems the pandemic isn’t slowing down in Aklan as it remained in the high-risk category, according to the Department of Health (DoH)-Center for Health Development as of July 26, 2021.

DOH risk calculations are based on the capacity of the health care system, growth rate on cases, and average daily attack rate (ADAR) per 100,000 population for the last two weeks.

There are three levels of risk: high, low, and moderate.

Four provinces in Western Visayas—Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental—are at low risk, while the highly-urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod, and the province of Antique are at moderate risk.

Aklan has a 1.33 percent case fatality rate (CFR), which is lower than the 1.76 percent national CFR and 2.28 percent CFR of Western Visayas.

The two-week growth rate (2WGR) of Aklan is up by 36 percent, while the ADAR is at 19.57 percent for the recent two weeks from July 9 to July 22.

The province’s health care utilization rate is at 55 percent, which is considered low risk. A high of 88 percent or 81 out of 92 COVID ward beds are occupied, while 38.75 percent of intensive care unit (ICU) COVID beds are utilized (17 out of 42).

In the last 72 hours, 449 active cases have been reported by the Provincial Health Office-Aklan. Kalibo has seen the majority of infections, prompting local officials to limit entry to the capital town for essential travels only.

The towns of Kalibo, Nabas, and Banga are responsible for more than 43 percent of all cases in the past week. There were also clustering of cases in the towns of Ibajay, Numancia, New Washington, Malay, Malinao, Madalag, and Makato.

Hospitals have also been filling up in the province of Aklan. As of July 26, hospitals counted more than 100 COVID-19 patients, its highest number since March last year.

So far, the region has reported 81,349 confirmed cases, with 84.31 percent recoveries and health care utilization rate of 60.85 percent. DOH also recorded 611 average daily cases in July compared to 633 cases in June. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)

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