QC’s COVID-19 positivity rate reaches ideal rate at 5%

Published July 15, 2021, 2:00 PM

by Allysa Nievera

Quezon City’s COVID-19 positivity rate has reached the World Health Organization’s ideal rate at 5%.

“This is good news for us. We were at 5% a week before the surge happened last February and March. This means that our cases and transmissions are well-monitored and controlled. We hope that this positivity rate shall continue to dip down in the coming weeks,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

According to OCTA Research Group, the city has reached the standard rate and is even better compared to the NCR rate of 6%.

Since June 22-28 the city’s positivity rate is at 6%.

The city’s cases per date have lowered down from 141 to 123 last week. The reproduction number is at .86, while the average daily attack rate per 100,000 is at 3.91.

“We are not seeing an alarming trend but a generally flat trend in NCR. Quezon City is, in fact, one of the local government units with incidence lower than 5 per day,” OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. David said.

Mayor Belmonte shared that the Department of Health recognized Quezon City as one of the cities with the best contact tracing efforts.

“We are proud to share this because it has been a continuous effort since day 1. Our army of contact tracers are doing their best to help identify possible infection and this helps in the mitigation because eventually, we will be able to test and isolate them,” Belmonte said.

The local government continues rampant testing and aggressive contact tracing to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

From July 4 to 10, they conducted 4,181 PCR tests per day, and the contact tracing rate or the number of contacts traced per positive is now at 28.3.