BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) - - As the City Government readies to open its economy amid the COVID - 19 pandemic, Mayor Benjamin Magalong calls for the cooperation of all stakeholders in helping Baguio adopt to the new normal and move towards recovery and re-development.
Magalong, in his message during the flag raising ceremony at the Baguio Convention Center, Monday, said that people's livelihood has already suffered much and as the pandemic persists, it is important for the city to co - exist with it, function with it and learn how to live and do business even with COVID-19.
"We must accept and adapt to the new normal and continue to build back a better Baguio even in this extraordinary time", Magalong added.
As the city starts opening its borders to tourists from Region 1 on September 21, Magalong assures that all infection control and management protocols will remain in place and will be continuously adjusted as needed.
The Mayor shared that the city's contact tracing efficiency is averaging at 1:37 or 37 contacts being traced per one confirmed case while almost 40,000 specimens were collected and tested in Baguio City with the expanded risk - based testing.
As of September 15 data of the City Health Services Office, there are a total of 463 confirmed cases in Baguio, which is equivalent to 1.16 percent of the total 39,996 RT - PCR tests done.
Of the 463 confirmed cases, 104 (22.46%) are active while 348(75.16%) already recovered. There are also 11 (2.38 %) recorded deaths in the city, mostly with co - morbidity or lingering illnesses.
In the same event, Magalong also welcomed the delegation from Caloocan City headed by Mayor Oscar Malapitan. Baguio he said is willing to share its experiences in COVID-19 and that the city is also open to learn from them.
Malapitan expressed Caloocan City's gratitude to Magalong and the City of Baguio assuring that any program and strategies that they learn from Baguio will be very helpful in their goal of reducing the number of people infected with COVID - 19.
Magalong toured the visitors to the triage area and temporary isolation facility at the Baguio Convention Center and gave a briefing on the city's contact tracing system and other infection control and management systems. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)