BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Negros Occidental and five other provinces as well as highly urbanized Bacolod City in Western Visayas were placed under Alert Level 2 status by the Department of Health –Region 6, except for Iloilo City, which is now Alert Level 1, as of November 7.
At the same time, the COVID-19 risk classification of Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, Iloilo City, Iloilo province, Guimaras and Capiz, are low, and minimal for Aklan and Antique, Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray, of the DOH-WV Center for Health and Development, said during a virtual presser yesterday.
But Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran earlier disclosed that the Inter Agency Task Force has not downgraded the CIVID-19 Alert Level 4 status of Bacolod City that it imposed until Nov. 14.
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia earlier wrote to IATF appealing the downgrading of the City alert level status.
Alert Level 2 allows an increased capacity for businesses, as well as religious activities, intrazonal and interzonal movement, with no age-based mobility restrictions.
Natalaray reported that the Average Daily Attack Rate of Negros Occidental was further reduced from 5.27 percent to 2.94 percent, per 100,000 population, and from 17.02 percent to 6.14 percent for Bacolod City, in the past two weeks, compared to previous weeks.
The health care utilization of Bacolod City was reported by DOH-WV to have been reduced to 54.62 percent, and 46. 25 percent for Negros Occidental.
DOH reports further show that Negros Occidental has 652 fatalities out of 33,417 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while Bacolod City had 591 deaths, out of 23, 317 cases.
Western Visayas is also on Alert Level 2, with low risk classification, the report added.*