PHOTO CAPTION: Even while low-risk towns outnumber the high-risk areas in Aklan, the risk classification of the province in general was upgraded from low-risk to moderate-risk by the Department of Health. Photo above shows the continual swabbing of suspected patients and close contacts of COVID-positives at the provincial hospital grounds./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–The province of Aklan as a whole is now classified a moderate risk area by the Department of Health (DOH) due to a spike in coronavirus cases as of June 5, 2021.
Its risk classification was upgraded from low-risk to moderate-risk based on average growth rate, health care utilization, and daily attack rate per 100,000 population.
Three towns–Numancia, Malinao, and New Washington—are also considered moderate risk.
Six areas in Aklan, though, are categorized as high-risk with total active infections of 258: Malay, Kalibo, Lezo, Ibajay, Altavas, and Balete; at the opposite end and classified as low-risk are Makato, Tangalan, Buruanga, Banga, Libacao, Batan, Madalag and Nabas.
Aklan has a case fatality rate of 2.02 percent, way above the national case fatality rate of 1.71 percent as of June 5, 2021. The average daily attack rate also increased from 4.31 percent (May 9 to May 22) to 4.45 percent (May 23 to June 5), a report from the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development as of June 5 said.
The province reported a health care utilization rate of 36.22 percent as of the same day, which was still below the 60 percent threshold.
Growth in cases also went up by 3 percent from 369 infections (May 9 to 22) to 381 cases (May 23 to June 5).
To date, there are 2,646 confirmed infections including 438 active cases and 64 deaths.
Thirty-two cases or 86 percent of patients admitted in hospital have critical symptoms. Of the total occupied COVID beds, 10 patients were hospitalized in COVID intensive care units as of June 5.
The Aklan Inter-Agency Task Force will discuss in a meeting today, June 7, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases particularly in identified high-risk areas in the province. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)