The city government of Davao through the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force is keeping a close watch on Davao City schools after cases of Covid-19 among students and employees were reported this month.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokesperson for the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force, reported that most of the cases are in graduate schools and colleges. She added they also monitored several cases in elementary and high school but most of these are school employees.
“We are also monitoring sa mga eskwelahan kung naay mga cases sa atoang mga students. Naa tay several cases sa mga elementary and high schools but most of these are employees. Kadaghanan estudyante nga na infect are college students and graduate school,” she said over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Wednesday.
Schlosser also reported that on September 18 to 24, 2022 there were 18 cases in schools and universities wherein majority are students in colleges and graduate schools.
With the said number of cases, the Covid Task Force along with the City Mayor’s Office and the City Health Office will be meeting with the officials of the regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd 11) and Commission on Higher Education 11 (CHED 11) on September 30, 2022 to intensify their Covid-19 management and vaccination and booster rollout.
“We will have a sit-down meeting with CHED and DepEd. Our team in the CHO, Davao City COVID-19 Task Force, and the LGU naa didto to sit down with them. Open dialogue with them unsa’y matabang nato sa ilaha, reorient them. Kinahanglan i-emphasize ang campaign nato sa vaccination, if naa sila’y nalimtan, madungagan pa ilang awareness sa efficient contact tracing, quarantining and isolation, and testing,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Vaccination Cluster will also strengthen vaccinations in schools.
Schlosser reported that Covid cases in the city may be decreasing, however, it is still very notable that several still died due to Covid-19.
She said that 14 new deaths were recorded from September 18 to 24, 2022 and of the 14 deaths, seven were senior citizens who received the two-dose primary series of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine and only one among them had the first booster.
She also noted that there is significant deaths in the 20 to 29 and 30 to 39 age groups, as well as below five years old and five to 11 years old.
“We are putting emphasis na magpabakuna gyud ang mga naa sa vulnerable sector and also putting emphasis na kailangan magpa booster because the data is showing us nga naay namatay na bakunado pero gamay ra ilaha ang nakapa booster dose. Kasagaran namatay ay 50 to 59 years old and 60 years old and above pero medyo nagadaghan atong cases na namatay mga bata or young adults. I am emphasizing na dili puwede magsalig lang ta sa primary and second dose series lang ta kinahnglan ta magpa booster especially na karon ang atoang mga acitviites are mostly pre-pandemic na,” Schlosser said.
A vaccination site has been set up for the Bakunahang Bayan Pinaslakas Vaccination Days at People’s Park from September 26 to September 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and district health centers-based vaccination hubs are also operational.