OCTA flags rise in COVID-19 cases in cities of Zamboanga, Naga

Published October 17, 2021, 8:02 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

The OCTA Research group on Sunday, Oct. 17, flagged the increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases observed in the cities of Zamboanga and Naga.

OCTA Research

In its latest monitoring report, OCTA said that Naga City had a one-week growth rate of infections of 61 percent, while Zamboanga City had 34 percent.

The report also indicated that the reproduction number, which refers to the average number of secondary infections by each infected individual, in both two areas were classified as “high-risk” level at 1.28.

Moreover, Naga’s average testing positivity rate from Oct. 9 to 15 stood at critical 48 percent, while the positivity rate in Zamboanga City was at critical 23 percent.

COVID-19 risk levels

The independent research group tagged Zamboanga City and La Trinidad at “critical-risk” level for COVID-19, citing the covidactnow.org and DOH indicators for healthcare utilization.

According to OCTA, La Trinidad had an average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 45.71 per 100,000 individuals from Oct. 10 to 16, while Zamboanga City had a high ADAR of 24.90 per 100,000 population.

La Trinidad’s healthcare utilization rate (HCUR) was at 94 percent, while its intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy was at 100 percent, classifying them at critical-risk levels.

Meanwhile, the HCUR in Zamboanga City was at critical 87 percent, while ICU occupancy was at high 73 percent.

OCTA said that areas at high-risk level for COVID-19 were Baguio, Bacolod, Naga, San Fernando in La Union, Tuguegarao, Tagum, and Cainta.