DOH sees downtrend of COVID-19 cases in CagVal

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, May 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) Region 2 projected a downtrend of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Cagayan Valley Region. 

Regional Director Rio Magpantay urges ublic to continue to follow health protocols as COVID-19 cases decrease in the region. (DOH)   

Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, DOH Regional Director, said that based from the latest reports, all of the provinces and cities in the mainland Cagayan Valley have shown negative growth change within the past two weeks. 

He added that all of the provinces and cities are now under a moderate epidemic risk classification except for the cities of Ilagan and Santiago which are now under low risk. On the other hand, Batanes province maintained its status under minimal risk. 

"However, we want to stress that we should not be complacent of this development. We must continue to follow health protocols and practice the minimum health standards so that the cases will continue to drop," Magpantay said. 

On her part, Dr. Ma Angelica Taloma, DOH focal person, said the total bed utilization rate in the hospitals, which reached critical risk levels in the previous months, has already fallen to moderate risk, while the mechanical ventilator utilization rate is now under low risk.

The officials said that they continuously establish mechanisms to help local government units (LGUs) control the cases of COVID-19, especially in cities and some towns that still have high cases. 

Director Magpantay said that they hired additional manpower to augment the LGUs' health workers in the community isolation units. 

He also said that they inspected additional isolation facilities for Tuguegarao City to lessen the number of cases undegoing home quarantine. 

"We continuously distribute logistics such as personal protective equipment and disinfectants to LGUs and we also provide the right information to the public to continuously urge them to follow the health protocols," Magpantay stated. 

Taloma also added that they have trained the assigned safety officers, contact tracers, swabbers, and monitoring team members for different government agencies on how to handle COVID-19 cases in their respective workplaces. (JCK/OTB/PIA-Cagayan) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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