Oro prepares for Omicron variant

By : Uriel Quilinguing Mindanao Today/08:33:35am 01/07/2022


By Uriel Quilinguing
Contributing Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The City Health Office (CHO) of Cagayan de Oro is closely monitoring the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), particularly on vaccine breakthrough infections, due to the recent detection of Omicron variant among local cases in Metro Manila.

Within the first four days of January this year, 17 of the 20 city residents who had tested positive for Covid-19 are fully vaccinated, as indicated in the profiles of cases which form part of the daily Covid-19 Update at City Hall.

Dr. Teodoro Yu Jr., CHO medical officer, who has been reporting the Covid-19 situation, said a breakout of infections is a possibility due to the highly infectious Omicron variant, if ever it reaches this city.

“At present our (vaccine) breakthrough infections is at less than one percent, yet we’re monitoring this closely,” Yu said Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, when he reported 11 new infections the day before in the city. A vaccine breakthrough infection happens when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with Covid-19.

Except for the three-year old male, all 10 who yielded positive results in their swab tests, had already completed the primary series—first and second doses--of inoculation against Covid-19. Their ages range from 21 to 63 years old, eight of them are local index cases since they have no history of travel outside the city.

For the first three days this year, the city logged in a total of nine infections and only two of them were not vaccinated: a seven-year-old male and a 57-year-old female who had expired due to pre-existing health conditions other than Covid-19.

“It is very important for the vulnerable sectors (frontline health workers, senior citizens, SC with co-morbidities) to complete their booster shot and to keep doing the MPHS in mind (minimum public health standards),” the CHO medical officer said, referring to masking, distancing, hand washing and sanitizing.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 4, vaccination teams have administered 19,468 booster shots in Cagayan de Oro, most of them are health workers, senior citizens and those with co-morbidities who had completed the primary series at least three months ago.

He also reminded all health workers and front-liners to observe the infection control and prevention measures in their work places – hospitals, clinics, temporary treatment and monitoring facilities, and community isolation units.

The Regional Epidemiology Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (Resdru) of the Department of Health Region 10, in its Jan. 5, 2022 Covid-19 Briefer, tallied 23 new infections for Cagayan de Oro – the highest for this year, so far.

DOH-10 Covid-19 briefer show the number of detections in Northern Mindanao (Region 10) has gone up to 57 cases from 30 infections last Tuesday.

There were only five Covid-19 detections last Monday, Jan. 3.

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