Baguio City, Benguet province post record high single-day COVID-19 recoveries

BAGUIO CITY – This city atoned for several days of record-high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections by posting 110 recoveries on Sunday, which was the most in a single day since the pandemic broke out in March.

This piece of good news was coupled with the 158 recoveries logged by nearby Benguet province, which was also a record-high.

But these were dampened by a report one fatality due to the coronavirus ailment on Sunday.

The fatality was a 64-year-old male, who was admitted last October 31. He was undergoing hemodialysis two times a week.

He was swabbed on October 31, and died on November 7.

The City Health Service Office (CHSO) said the city also recorded 39 new cases that brought the total number of confirmed cases to 2,470, with 1,799 recoveries, 639 active cases, and 32 deaths.

Of the new cases, 36 were detected through contact tracing, including four minors and four senior citizens. Three were detected through expanded testing.

Meanwhile, Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas reported 158 new recoveries in the province on Sunday, November 8.

Diclas said, of this total, 79 were from the town of Tuba, 61 from Itogon, 11 from La Trinidad, two from Kabayan, and one each from Bokod, Kapangan, Mankayan, Sablan, and Tublay.

The total number of COVID-19 recoveries in the province is now at 842 while 779 are still recovering.

Diclas continues to coordinate with the different local government units to address issues brought about by the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

He has visited Itogon and Tuba, and is now coordinating with Bakun officials and continues to remind the public to strictly adhere to all health protocols to avoid contracting the disease.

As of 12 p.m., November 8, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) reported 37 more individuals contracting the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,636.

Of the 37 new cases, 19 were from La Trinidad, nine from Tuba, five from Itogon, two from Bakun, and one each from Kabayan and Tublay.

Buguias, Kapangan, and Kibungan are the only municipalities with no active cases of COVID-19, while Itogon remains to have the highest number at 407 followed by Tuba at 212.

The provincial government together with the mobile tulong of Congressman Eric Go Yap has also been providing relief goods to families greatly affected by lockdowns in Tuba and Itogon.