Research group tags Bacolod as area of concern for COVID; DOH says city still a high risk

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OCTA research group has tagged the city of Bacolod as an “area of concern” when it comes to active COVID-19 cases due to the continuing increase of cases in the city.

The independent group said that as of May 8, the city’s daily attack rate is at 13.8%, while its cases from May 1-7 stood at 19%.

According to City Administrator Em Ang who also chairs the Emergency Operations Center, the classification released by OCTA Research is understandable considering the very low attack rate of Bacolod in the first quarter of the year and suddenly cases spiked mid-march up to the present. Ang explained that from a previous 3-8 cases per day, the cases surged to about 50 in April and had worsen this month with cases up to 70 in a day.

For its part, the Department of Health said that Bacolod remains as a high risk area for COVID, with its active case now at 935.

Ang reiterated their previous appeal to residents experiencing COVID symptoms to immediately seek medical guidance and not to wait for their situation to worsen.