Quezon City's COVID-19 weekly growth rate at -54%, positivity rate down to 2% — OCTA

Published November 24, 2021, 1:19 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Quezon City continues to decline as manifested by the drop in the growth rate and testing positivity rate in the past week, the independent research group OCTA said on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

“The seven-day average in new daily COVID-19 cases in Quezon City decreased to 63 for the week, from November 17 to 23. This represents a one-week growth rate of -54 percent from the previous week’s tally of 138 cases,” the OCTA Research Group said in a special report.

Quezon City’s current incidence rate or average daily attack rate is down to 1.98 cases per day per 100,000 population, which “at less than 2 is considered low based on covidactnow.org and Department of Health metrics.”

As of Nov. 20, OCTA pointed out that the reproduction number in Quezon City was at 0.43, which is considered “very low.”

Moreover, the RT-PCR testing positivity rate in Quezon City has decreased to 2 percent, which is within the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation of less than 3 percent, the group said.

Quezon City’s positivity rate was also considered “very low,” based on the seven-day average of 3,381 RT-PCR tests.

In addition, OCTA noted that the city’s hospital bed occupancy for COVID-19 cases was “low” at 40 percent, while ICU occupancy was “moderate” at 56 percent.

“Overall, Quezon City is considered a low risk area based on covidactnow.org metrics,” OCTA said.

“The goal for Quezon City is to continue vaccinations, testing, contact tracing and isolation, and for the public to continue complying with minimum public health protocols to sustain the gains and further decrease new COVID-19 cases to less than 30 per day before the Christmas holidays,” it pointed out.