The Quezon City local government has raised its COVID-19 early warning level to yellow status after it recorded an average of 26 cases per day this week.
According to the QC Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (QCESU), aside from the jump in average daily cases, two other indicators were also observed as of June 9.
The average positivity rate doubled to 3.10 percent from 1.50 percent on the week of May 27 to June 2.
In addition, the forecasted reproduction number climbed to 3.4 percent from 1.1 percent last week.
QCESU chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said there is a possibility that COVID-19 cases will spike further within the next two weeks under the current yellow status.
Cruz added however that this locally developed monitoring system is used for internal reporting only and should not be confused with the official alert level issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
“Our local early warning system is helpful in assessing the pandemic within our city only. It aids our department as well as our city officials in the systematic monitoring of new cases, analysis of trends, and recommendation of strategic measures to prevent the further spread of infections. Official alert level announcements and general guidelines will still come from the IATF,” said Cruz.
As of this writing, Quezon City remains under Alert Level 1 according to the IATF, and is classified as low-risk by the Department of Health (DOH).
Meanwhile, Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded citizens to continue observing preventive measures such as wearing of masks as well as getting vaccinated and boosted.
“We have come a long way but the virus is still with us. Again, we call on our residents to remain vigilant,” said Belmonte.
She called on those who have yet to get their COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot to do so by visiting the nearest barangay health center or by registering online via https://qceservices.quezoncity.gov.ph/qcvaxeasy.
Last April, the city government rolled out the second booster of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised adults, senior citizens, and frontline health workers.