The OCTA Research group has classified nine areas in the country as high-risk areas for COVID-19, with Baguio and Davao cities being tagged as “hotspots of serious concern.”
Based on the OCTA Research report on November 16, the following were classified as high-risk: Makati City; Baguio City, La Trinidad, and Itogon in Benguet province; Batangas City; Lucena and Lopez in Quezon province; Davao City in Davao del Sur; and Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur.
No area in Visayas was tagged as high-risk.
OCTA Research lists LGUs of concern based on high cases per day, positivity rate, attack rate, and hospital occupancy.
The group said, “We are concerned that these LGUs may experience high hospital burden in the coming weeks that may stress their health care systems and overwhelm their medical front-liners.”
LGUs are urged intensity their efforts in testing, contact tracing, and isolation to reverse the increase in transmission of the virus in their communities.