Not a time to be complacent however there is a reason to be proud of, not only for the Local Government of Baguio but most especially so for our medical frontliners and the residents of the City of Pines. Baguio City has finally reached zero active cases as of the publishing of this article.
Zero COVID-19 Cases in Baguio City
Dr. Donnabel Panes of the City Health Services office in her Facebook post compared the different number of cases in Baguio City between April 19, 2022, April 19, 2021, and April 19, 2022. Noting how far we have come since then and commending the efforts of everyone.
Here are the number of Active Cases on the following dates:
- April 19, 2020 – 17 active cases
- April 19, 2021 – 1,305 active cases
- April 19, 2022 – 0 active cases
This trend of low cases and hopefully zero cases will continue as long as:
- There is a continued and sustained effort from the local government.
- Sustained and observance of the culture of discipline among the citizens in Baguio.
This is according to Prof. Rizavel Addawe of the UP Baguio Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Prof. Addawe and her colleagues are conducting monitoring of the COVID-19 daily attack rate in Baguio City.
A sustained vaccination campaign leads to good results
The local government of Baguio is also relentless in its campaign in encouraging residents to be vaccinated. This relentless campaign led to the 100% complete vaccination (up to 2nd dose) of the city’s eligible population. However, only 39.96% of the population received their booster shots. Again, with sustained efforts, it is hoped that the majority if not 100% of Baguio City’s eligible population will receive their booster shots.
Keep our guards up
While this is wonderful news, it is not the time to relax and be complacent. COVID-19 is still present and in other countries like China and UK, it is still causing illnesses, deaths, and the lockdown of several areas. COVID-19 might have been held at bay but one fatal error of complacency could bring us spiraling back to our situation in 2020 and 2021.