CDO COVID-19 cases steadily decline after May surge

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As of July 6, the cumulative Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Cagayan de Oro City since March 2020 has reached 10,297. Active cases have steadily decreased for the month of June after the sudden surge of cases last May. By the end of June, the number of cases recorded daily ranged from 40 to 60, an improvement from the whopping 90-120 cases during the surge. 

Multiple outings and gatherings were pointed out as causes of the spike of cases. In response, the city had to undergo Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) starting June 1. Furthermore, City Mayor Oscar Moreno issued an executive order to extend the curfew period to 9PM to 5AM. The executive order also bans the selling of liquor during curfew hours. Another executive order was issued to temporarily prohibit gatherings in beach resorts, hotels, and other public establishments.

According to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) Research Center Head Dr. Gina Itchon, the quarantine status of the city helped in the decline of daily recorded cases. Moreno does not plan to appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on lowering the quarantine status of the city thus placing it under MECQ from July 1-15. 

According to Moreno, the city’s Health Care Utilization Rate (HCUR) is still at 66.56 percent. After declaring code red status, NMMC had also reached maximum operating capacity on June 12. With the decline of cases, operating status had lowered to code yellow on June 29.

Vaccination rollout is currently ongoing and is now catering to category A2 which includes senior citizens and category A3 which includes adults with comorbidities. As of July 3, there are already 52,576 citizens in CDO who are already vaccinated with at least the first dose.C

Sources
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1899224/Cagayan-De-Oro/Local-News/Cagayan-de-Oro-still-under-MECQ-until-July-15
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1895622/Cagayan-De-Oro/Local-News/Family-reunions-parties-in-resorts-temporarily-banned
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1894642/Cagayan-De-Oro/Local-News/Cagayan-de-Oro-Oro-City-extends-curfew-hour-prohibits-selling-of-liquor

Levina Eunic Palarca

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