Pangasinan now ‘COVID-free’ as cases, bed occupancy drop to minimal levels

Published December 9, 2021, 12:02 PM

by Ahikam Pasion

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan — The entire province of Pangasinan may now be considered COVID-19 free, as the dedicated bed occupancy rate in the province is now down to 0.1%, according to the provincial IATF.

Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) head Rodyn Luchinvar Oro sais as of Monday, December 6, only one out of 1,084 COVID-19 dedicated beds in Pangasinan’s hospitals is currently under use.

As of December 8, 6pm monitoring, the provincial health office (PHO) has recorded only 45 active cases throughout Pangasinan. This would only account to 0.0014% of the province’s total population affected.

As of 2020 census, the province of Pangasian has 3,163,190 people.

The month of November 2021 also marked a significant decrease in the growth of COVID-19 cases in Pangasinan, as it has only recorded 0.41% attack rate.

This is a far cry to a seven-percent attack rate during the months of September to October.

While COVID-19 cases in the province continue to drop, Governor Amado I. Espino III along with the provincial IATF are bracing for possible Omicron variant impact in the province.

Espino ordered authorities to strictly monitor all sea vessels docking in the province’s coastal cities.

The province regularly receives foreign vessels, as they need to restock supplies, or unload deliveries in the province.

Espino also ordered isolation facilities in the province to be continually maintained and under standby for possible surge of patients.