KALIBO, Aklan–With a growth rate and daily attack rate of 3.06 percent per 100,000 population in a two-week period from May 17 to May 30, Aklan is considered a “low risk” area for COVID-19.
This according to the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV-CHD), which also noted how the province improved its average daily attack rate from 4.64 percent (May 3 to May 16) to 3.06 percent. The number of cases in Aklan also decreased by 34 percent from 397 (May 3 to May 16) to 262 (May 17 to May 30).
In addition, the province registered a 34.21 percent bed utilization rate, broken down as follows: 13 ward beds or 27 percent, 10 intensive care unit beds or 43.48 percent, and 16 isolation beds or 37.21 percent.
Meanwhile, the utilization rate of its isolation and quarantine facilities was pegged at 23 percent.
The DOH reported 28 patients admitted to hospital with five having mild/moderate or severe symptoms.
Contact tracing-wise, the province traced 92.87 percent of 2,287 confirmed cases while 9,090 close contacts were listed. Of those listed, 8,974—or 98.72 percent—were traced and assessed.
Molecular laboratories had tested 6,822 of the close contacts with 1,319 turning out positive for COVID-19 after RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) testing and 159 after rapid diagnostics testing.
Clustering of cases for morbidity week 21-22 was reported in the towns of Kalibo with 71, Banga (44), Balete (27), Malay (22), Altavas (20), Makato (17), Nabas (14), and New Washington and Numancia with 12 cases each.
Additionally, the towns of Balete, Altavas, and Banga were classified as high-risk areas.
As a whole, though, the positivity rate in Western Visayas continues to soar, said Medical Officer IV Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray.
“This indicates increased COVID-19 transmission,” she explained.
Consequently, LGUs are urged to impose localized lockdowns and strengthen border control.
“The health care utilization rate is also increasing. Some areas showed high to critical risk utilization of COVID wards, ICU, and isolation beds. The province of Guimaras is in critical risk and Capiz is high risk,” she stressed.
Western Visayas has logged a total of 46,513 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 454 new cases and 123 recoveries on May 30, 2021.
Of the positive cases, 95.3 percent were mild or asymptomatic and 4.65 percent were moderate, severe, or critical. The average daily caseload for the month of May was at 371, much higher compared to April’s 261 and March’s 84.
Bacolod City and Iloilo City have been classified as high-risk areas with an average daily attack rate of 10.98 percent and 14.11 percent, respectively, while Negros Occidental was classified as a low-risk area, having only a 2.88 percent attack rate.
The rest of the provinces in Western Visayas—Capiz (3.98), Iloilo (3.05), Guimaras (3.06), Antique (2.58)—were classified as moderate-risk areas. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)