Davao City’s positivity rate plunges to 5% as more individuals get vaccinated

DAVAO City’s Covid-19 positivity rate plunged further to around five percent, noting a decline in recorded cases in the city.

This was confirmed by Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser in a radio interview on Friday, October 29.

The official said the daily recorded Covid-19 cases are going down. As of October 25, the positivity rate was at 5.6 percent.

“Very happy gyud ta karon kay persistent atong five percent na positivity rate (We are very happy because the positivity rate is persistent at five percent), which is a good number,” Schlosser said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

According to the World Health Organization, the acceptable positivity rate must be at five percent below to determine that the Covid-19 situation in a certain area is manageable.

She also noted a decrease of deaths, wherein the city has noted two consecutive days without a single recorded death.

With this, the city’s Covid-19 hospital and facility beds had been decongested.

As of October 29, Covid-19 beds at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), the city’s main referral hospital, also noted a decline of admission.

SPMC’s intensive care unit beds are 65.77 percent occupied, while its ward beds are 35.17 percent occupied.

The spokesperson attributed the decline in Covid-19 cases in the city to the continuing increase of vaccinated individuals.

According to the Davao City Vaccination Cluster as of October 28, the city had already reached 64.2 percent of its target herd immunity for the first dose, wherein 882,818 first doses were already administered. Meanwhile, 788,001 second doses were already administered.

The improving Covid-19 situation in the city had resulted in the lifting of the 24-hour liquor ban and curfew.

The official repeatedly reminded the public that the observance of health protocols must remain in place.

“Magpadayon lang na kung naay contribution ang tanan ug ang contribution nato is to be vaccinated,” she said.

(The downtrend of cases will only continue if the public would have themselves vaccinated.)

Schlosser said the city, despite not being able to reach the 1.2 million herd immunity for the first dose by November 2021, will intensify its vaccination program, especially in the far-flung areas and in the communities wherein there’s vaccine hesitancy.

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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