The Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and the Zamboanga Peninsula have been flagged as “high-risk” by the Department of Health (DOH) for their high number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. 

“We are flagging CAR, Regions 2 and 9 with high-risk classification based on its positive moderate-risk two-week growth rate and a high-risk average daily attack rate,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during a virtual forum.

CAR posted an average daily attack rate (ADAR) of 49.55 from September 27 to October 10, according to the DOH. ADAR pertains to the number of new daily cases per 100,000 population. 

Moreover, the region currently has a bed utilization rate of 86.85% and an ICU utilization rate of 85.47%, while 72.62% of the mechanical ventilators in the region are in use.

Cagayan Valley also posted an ADAR of 35.12 during the same timeline with a bed utilization rate of 79.69%, an intensive care unit bed utilization rate of 76.88%, and 75.63% of the mechanical ventilators are currently in use. 

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga Peninsula logged an ADAR of 9.83 with a bed utilization rate of 70.16%, a mechanical ventilator utilization rate of 62.22%, and an intensive care unit bed utilization rate of 88.41%.

Vergeire also noted that Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, the Bicol Region, the Davao Region, Soccsksargen, and the Bangsamoro Region have high risk bed  and ICU utilization rates. Ronald Espartinez