Iloilo guv says contact tracing for Omicron sub-variant continues

TRACK DOWN. Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said Thursday, May 19, 2022 that possible contact tracing of two confirmed cases of Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 in the province should be maintained. He said protocols such as isolation and swab testing for close contacts should also be performed. (PNA file photo)

CITY OF ILOILO – Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has pushed for continued tracing of possible contacts of two confirmed cases of the Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant in that province.

“We will just run contact tracing and run protocols under Alert Level 1,” he said at his regular press conference on Thursday, although he has not yet received a report on the extent of the contact tracing that was conducted.

He also pushed for the application of several protocols such as isolation and conducting the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for possible close contacts.

Based on the information he has received, one of the two cases is still admitted and has not yet been confirmed whether it is a mild or moderate case.

The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) on Tuesday identified the two cases in a statement as males 69 and 66 years old, both fully vaccinated.

The 69-year-old patient has already recovered, leaving the youngest patient still admitted to a hospital in Iloilo city.

A situation report from the DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit showed that as of May 18, the province had 375 remaining active cases out of its 42,048 total cumulative cases.

The average daily attack rate (ADAR) per 100,000 people is also 0.11%.

Defensor said the provincial government is preparing for another round of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccinations that will serve as a front-line strategy for “any surge that may occur in the near future like June.”

“We would like to intensify our vaccination not only for the booster but for everyone. Not that we are trying less now, but we just want to intensify what is already there,” he added.

Defensor said they wanted to add functionality to the vaccination program, possibly incentives, but declined to disclose as he is drafting an executive order for this.

Based on data from the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), 71.78% or the equivalent of 1,209,116 of the province’s 1,315,489 target eligible populations are fully immunized and 208,694 have received doses reminder on May 18. (NAP)