COVID situation in Pagadian City getting better every day – mayor

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1) — The mayor of Pagadian City says the COVID-19 situation in his area is improving daily, citing the positivity rate which has gone down to 3%.

Mayor Samuel Co told CNN Philippines on Tuesday it was at 11% in early November.

The positivity rate is the percentage of positive cases over the total number of those tested.

"It's going better and better every day... When I requested for IATF, the positivity rate was around 10 to 11%. Right now, in the result that we have, it's now down to 3%," he said.

In November, Visayas IATF COVID-19 chief implementer Mel Feliciano went to Pagadian City in a bid to help stem the rising number of cases in the area.

Co said there is currently a surveillance swabbing in the city.

"Konti lang po ang case [There are few cases]. We are now having a surveillance swabbing. [We have] Massive swabbing kami in all areas like public market, all barangay officials at all the medical practitioners...hospitals, our city health office, lahat... The total tested individuals as of today is around 4,700. Out of 4,700 there are 527 tested positive, that's why it's around 10 to 11%. But in the last few days... it's getting better because it's 10 down to eight down to seven, now it's 3%. [Our] Total cases po namin for positive is around 527 as of today," he said.

Co noted that one common denominator among positive cases was the market.

"There are so many positive case who have been to the market, so we were thinking they might have contracted the disease there, or maybe because they were there, baka sila nakahawa din sa mga taga-Agora Market natin [they might have infected people from Agora Market]. So we have to surveillance test everyone there," he explained.

The OCTA research team has flagged Pagadian City as a high-risk area, with a hospital occupancy rate of 74% from November 22 to 28. 

However, Co said as of today, it's down to 34%.

The city remains under modified general community quarantine.

To date, the nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 432,925.

Mayor Samuel Co told CNN Philippines on Tuesday it was at 11% in early November.

The positivity rate is the percentage of positive cases over the total number of those tested.

"It's going better and better every day... When I requested for IATF, the positivity rate was around 10 to 11%. Right now, in the result that we have, it's now down to 3%," he said.

In November, Visayas IATF COVID-19 chief implementer Mel Feliciano went to Pagadian City in a bid to help stem the rising number of cases in the area.

Co said there is currently a surveillance swabbing in the city.

"Konti lang po ang case [There are few cases]. We are now having a surveillance swabbing. [We have] Massive swabbing kami in all areas like public market, all barangay officials at all the medical practitioners...hospitals, our city health office, lahat... The total tested individuals as of today is around 4,700. Out of 4,700 there are 527 tested positive, that's why it's around 10 to 11%. But in the last few days... it's getting better because it's 10 down to eight down to seven, now it's 3%. [Our] Total cases po namin for positive is around 527 as of today," he said.

Co noted that one common denominator among positive cases was the market.

"There are so many positive case who have been to the market, so we were thinking they might have contracted the disease there, or maybe because they were there, baka sila nakahawa din sa mga taga-Agora Market natin [they might have infected people from Agora Market]. So we have to surveillance test everyone there," he explained.

The OCTA research team has flagged Pagadian City as a high-risk area, with a hospital occupancy rate of 74% from November 22 to 28. << https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/11/30/OCTA-report-high-risk-areas-COVID-19-cases-hospital.html>>

However, Co said as of today, it's down to 34%.

The city remains under modified general community quarantine.

To date, the nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 432,925.