The Department of Health Region VI confirms that Western Visayas has an ongoing ‘low-level’ community transmission of COVID. Dr. Glenn Alonsabe, an epidemiologist of Region VI, cites the influx of repatriated locally stranded individuals from other areas. However, he clarified that not all areas of the region have a community spread but only areas that are clustered.
“Unlike areas in Cebu and Metro Manila, diri (Region 6) may mga isolated lang gid kita nga cases, gamay-gamay nga mga clustered nga natabo sa aton,” Dr. Glenn Alonsabe, epidemiologist of Region VI reveals, in an article by Panay News.
Moreover, Alonsabe urges the public to follow protocols.
“I-maintain lang gihapon naton ang panugyan even if under kita sa modified general community quarantine, patihon lang naton,” Alonsabe adds. Read more: WV has ‘low level’ community COVID-19 transmission – DOH, an article by Panay News.
In Iloilo City, Mayor Jerry Treñas released a statement via social media. Treñas urged the general public to follow all health protocols, such as wearing of facemask, frequent handwashing, use of sanitizing alcohol, and physical distancing.
Update: DOH Explains Low Level Community Transmission. Just recently, the Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development issued a press release explaining the low-level community transmission ni the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) explains that “community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples.”
“The DOH WV CHD clarifies that Western Visayas has low community transmission compared to other areas in the country such as Metro Manila and Cebu with high community transmission,” – excerpt from a press release issued by DOH WV.
Moreover, the agency based the conclusion on the following: average of 14 confirmed cases per day for the past 14 days comprising mostly of returning Overseas Filipinos and locally stranded individuals; doubling time of 12.4 days which is still within the 07 to 30 days for the number of positive cases to double; critical care utilization is still within at the safe zone at 24.4%; a limited number of clustering of cases not interlinked or related with each other; and low mortality rate at 2.8%.
DOH continues to urge the general public to follow the minimum public health standards such as wearing of masks, observing physical distancing, respiratory and cough etiquette, and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.