Davao City residents reminded to wear masks

Subscribe Now July 20, 2022 at 09:25am

THE Davao City Covid-19 Task Force urged the residents of the city to continue adhering to the minimum public health standard (MPHS) as the city hit an average daily positivity rate of 5.66 percent from July 13 to 16, with one barangay (village) classified as high-risk and 11 others as moderate risk.

Davao City logged 220 active Covid-19 cases as of July 16, at least 70 more than the cases reported from July 3 to July 9. Out of the 220 cases, 128 are considered asymptomatic, 84 are mild, four are moderate, and three are severe.

As of 8 a.m. on July 17, 99 Covid-19 patients have been approved for home isolation and 63 others have been admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC). Twenty cases are for endorsement to facility assignment, 15 are for triaging, 10 are in private hospitals, seven are in temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, three are under the SPMC home care program, two are under the Davao Doctors Hospital home care program, and one was admitted to a hospital outside Davao City.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokeswoman of the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, said that mandatory mask wearing and frequent hand washing are still being enforced in the city to help combat Covid-19 transmission.

"We are very particular with the MPHS. Even if there are no more restrictions, the MPHS must still be followed," she said in a recent interview with 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio program.
Schlosser said that wearing masks is still recommended by the Department of Health and the World Health Organization as it is the only way to prevent the transmission of disease from respiratory droplets of infected and non-infected people.

"The transmission can only be hampered through the wearing of face masks. We cannot see the respiratory droplets as they are very microscopic," the city health official said.

Schlosser added that the first layer of protection is wearing masks and the strong layer of protection against the disease is vaccination.

The City Government of Davao and the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force have been repeatedly reminding the people of Davao City about the MPHS, which she said has been proven effective in protecting people from Covid-19 transmission the past two years, as well as vaccination that also protects people from contracting severe symptoms that may lead to death.

Meanwhile, Buhangin District logged the highest number of active Covid-19 cases with 72 followed by Talomo (63), Poblacion (40), Bunawan (12), Tugbok (11), Toril (5), Calinan (3), Paquibato (2) and Marilog (1).

Only Baguio District reported a zero Covid-19 case.

Although Davao City is categorized as low risk for the sixth straight week, some of its villages are classified as high risk and moderate risk.

Barangay 3-A is the lone high-risk barangay while moderate-risk villages include Barangay 11-B, 14-B, 16-B, 18-B, 20-B and 4-A; A. Angliongto Sr., Gov. Paciano Bangoy, Mabuhay and Mudiang.

Source: manilatimes.net

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