INCREASING CASES. Baguio City’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increase from 12 active cases to 68 between June 14 and 29, 2022. The city government reminded residents anew to continue observing basic health and safety protocols like the wearing of masks, washing of hands, social distancing, and getting the anti-Covid-19 vaccine. (PNA file photo)

BAGUIO CITY – The local government has reminded the public anew to continue observing health protocols as the number of active cases of coronavirus disease 2019 in the city recorded more than a fourfold increase in the past two weeks.

According to the city’s Covid-19 tracker, the number of active cases as of Wednesday (June 29) was 68, with the addition of 10 new cases. Just two weeks ago, on June 14, the city’s active Covid-19 cases were only 12, with only one case logged that day.

In the past two weeks, the highest number of new cases were registered on June 28 at 25, followed by June 27 at 15.

The tracker also showed that the city was doing over 300 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and over 50 rapid antigen tests every day.

"Parati naman na nire-remind pa rin sa lahat ang pag-observe ng self-protection kasi may Covid-19 pa rin at pwede pa rin tayong mahawa (Everyone is always reminded to observe self-protection because Covid-19 is still here and we can still be infected),” Public Information Office chief Aileen Refuerzo told the Philippine News Agency on Wednesday evening.

She said that in all meetings of the management committee of the city, Mayor Benjamin Magalong and the city health offices kept reminding everyone to continue wearing masks, washing, and maintaining social distance.

She also said that the city government continues to provide vaccination services at the different district health centers of Baguio, aside from the vaccination area at the SM Mall.

“Magpabakuna na rin sana iyong mga hindi pa nagpabakuna at due na para mabakunahan kasi protection din nila yun para in case magka-Covid man, hindi magiging malala ang condition (We hope that the individuals who have not been vaccinated will get the vaccine for their protection against the adverse effects of the virus),” Refuerzo said.

City health office records also show that the non-intensive care unit (ICU) utilization rate is 10.15 percent or 34 of the 335 beds being used by Covid-19 patients; 6.82 percent ICU bed utilization rate or 3 of the 44 beds; and 9.76 percent health care utilization rate or 37 of the 374 beds.

“Marami ang mild cases kaya marami ang nagpapagaling at nag-a-isolate sa bahay nila (Tere are more who have mild cases and are in isolation and recovering at home),” she said. (PNA)