CAR logs 27 new Covid-19 cases, lowest in 2 weeks

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on Tuesday recorded the lowest daily cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The Department of Health-CAR tracker showed the region logged 27 new cases, which is much lower than the average 102 daily record in the last 16 days from Feb. 1 to 16.
Abra, Apayao and Kalinga recorded zero cases; Baguio City had 17; Benguet had six cases; Ifugao had 1; and Mountain Province has three cases.
The region also logged 31 recoveries on the same day.
As of Tuesday, the region has 13,374 total Covid-19 cases with 856 active and a total of 12,318 recoveries or a 92.1 percent recovery rate.
Meanwhile, the DOH-CAR said the provinces in the region continue to improve their readiness for the rollout of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination.
DOH-CAR regional director Dr. Ruby Constantino, during the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) meeting on Tuesday, said the provinces are equipped with the Vaccine Assessment Tool to monitor their preparedness for effective and efficient implementation of the vaccination program in the Cordillera.
Constantino said they are targeting a weekly assessment meeting to determine the progress in identified critical activities for each of the key thematic areas under the vaccination operation cluster.
The thematic areas include planning, coordination activities; budgeting; prioritization and targeting; service delivery; training; monitoring and supervision; vaccines, cold chain logistics; safety, surveillance and response; and the demand generation, social mobilization and communication.
Constantino said some of the local government units (LGUs) and hospitals have conducted simulation activities of the vaccination in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
She said the simulation will enable LGUs to check on their vaccination plans and adjust them accordingly.
The DOH-CAR said there are currently 252 cold storage units in the six provinces and city in the region that are mostly composed of residential freezers, except for Baguio City which was able to acquire two ultra-cold freezers that are capable of storing vaccines that require a temperature ranging from minus 70 to minus 80 degrees Celsius. **Liza Agoot, PNA

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