Ilocos Norte under ‘New Normal’ levels, says Provincial DOH office

Published November 30, 2021, 1:31 PM

by Ahikam Pasion

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan — The province of Ilocos Norte has been classified under the Epidemic Risk Level of New Normal, as per latest information released by the Department of Health (DOH) Provincial Office.

It should be noted that the province, while having levels comparable to that of New Normal, is not yet pronounced as such.

In a data released regarding the provinces’ Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR), and two-week Growth Rate Data Analysis (2WGR) have reached low levels.

Majority of the province, save for the towns of Piddig, San Nicolas, Sarrat, and Batac City, have recorded individual levels classified as New Normal.

Batac City has recorded MGCQ-comparable levels on its ADAR and 2WGR, Piddig shows GCQ levels, while San Nicolas and Sarrat are still under MECQ levels.

According to provincial DOH, towns highlighted in Red should be ‘dealt a great concern due to single or an abrupt increase of cases’.

The towns of Bangui, Banna, and Pinili are tagged with Red Flags, to which the provincial DOH advised to be given immediate action and intervention.

However, based on the analysis, the province of Ilocos Norte as a whole, may be compared to New Normal levels.

In his Facebook post, governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc urged fellow Ilocanos to keep their guards up.

In its November 28, 10PM monitoring, the province has recorded only 47 cases. No new cases were recorded.

Batac City tops the ranks with eight cases, followed by Laoag City, San Nicolas, and Bangui with six cases each, followed by Piddig, Bacarra and Sarrat with four, Banna with three cases, Dingras with two cases, and Vintar, Burgos, and Paoay with only one case for each town.