Baguio City records 2 deaths due to COVID-19, 28 new cases

Published November 13, 2020, 10:54 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – While the rest of the country was being battered by heavy downpour and strong rains that were brought by typhoon Ulysses, the city recorded two fatalities related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as 28 new infections on Thursday, November 12.


The City Health Service Office (CHSO) said the first fatality was a 64-year-old male, who was admitted to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) on November 2, and had a final diagnosis of fatal arrhythmia, COVID-19 critical, and had chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, and hypetension.

The second fatality was a 54-year-old male, who died of acute coronary syndrome at the emergency room.

As of 7 p.m., November 12, there were 25 barangays in the city that were still under lockdown, while 2,655 confirmed cases, 1,989 recoveries, 631 active cases, and 35 deaths were placed on-record.

The CHSO also reported a total of 77,677 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen testing or 20.98 percent of its 370,128 population has been conducted.

CHSO Chief Dr.Rowena Galpo, in her report during a management committee meeting presided by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, the city has conducted a total of 77,677 PCR test and rapid antigen tests since March as against its total population, as of November 11.

This was over the 10-percent benchmark required for a local government to know its COVID-19 situation.

Galpo said, for PCR tests, there were 70,177 tests conducted. Of the number, 6,290 were undertaken by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) in its four sessions of mass marathon testing activities in August, September, October and the first week of November.

The private Parkway Molecular Laboratory conducted 6,332 tests, while BGHMC did 57,555 tests for the city.

Magalong said the city need not get worried about the number of cases being recorded daily as these were indications that infections are being consistently discovered and tested following the process of contact tracing and mass testing.  

“We know where the cases are, we know what is happening on the ground and we can decide which areas to lock down to prevent the further spread of the virus,” he asserted.