IATF grades Davao City as COVID-19 ‘Low Risk’ area

IATF grades Davao City as COVID-19 'Low Risk' area
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DAVAO CITY – The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has classified this city as a ‘Low Risk’ area for COVID-19.

IATF released the classification on April 3 based on two indicators. First, is the low 2-Week Growth Rate (2WGR) and second, is the Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR).

“Last week Davao City was classified as minimum risk, it is now at low risk. This is because we have a negative 8.74 two-week growth rate (2WGR) which is still low but our average daily attack rate (ADAR) reached 1, from .92 last week,” Dr. Ashley Lopez, the Acting Head of the City Health Office (CHO) and Focal Person of the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force said.

He added that the “Low Risk” Local Government Unit classification, as shown on the Community Quarantine Decision Matrix, is slightly higher compared to the previous week’s “Minimal Risk” classification.

Based on the LGU Risk Assessment Map as of April 3, Davao City has one barangay under Critical Risk, four barangays were classified as High-Risk barangays while 15 were in Moderate Risks.

“We have directed the barangay and district health offices to establish their surveillance units, including detection of symptoms that are related to our influenza-like infections (ILI) and acute respiratory infections (ARI). They also do house-to-house surveillance,” Lopez said.

He added that the city government is working to keep the numbers low through the CHO’s heightened surveillance and response of Covid-19 cases in the city.

The heightened surveillance is based on the Executive Order No. 18 signed by Mayor Sara Z. Duterte. The EO provides three surveillance systems, namely: facility-based, community-based, and offices and establishments-based.

The city government has intensified surveillance following the surge of cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other areas in the country and the emergence of new COVID-19 variants.

Duterte in the EO said  there is a need to recalibrate strategies to prevent and control the Covid-19 transmission in the city.