LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — Pangasinan Gov. Amado I. Espino III has ordered the ramping up of measures to address the spike in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province following reports that 77 percent of the municipalities in Pangasinan have reported COVID-19 infections.

Espino said the 37 municipalities including cities in the province are not battling COVID-19. Only 11 municipalities have no active cases.

The  province reported 49 new cases on September 15, its highest single-day increase since March.

On September 16, 26 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed while 38 new cases were reported on September 17.

“Nakikita ko po ang sitwasyon ng ating probinsya. Sana wag na nating dagdagan pa,” Espino said.

He urged Pangasinenses to strictly observe health protocols so as to ease the burden of doctors and nurses and other frontline workers.

He also exhorted the youth and the elders, who are among the high-risk individuals, to stay home and be extra cautious.

Espino assured support for the 14 provincial government-run hospitals which are now treating COVID-19 patients.

He ordered strict compliance with the minimum health protocols such as the wearing of face masks, observance of physical distancing, and proper handwashing especially when vaccines for COVID-19 have not been approved yet by health authorities.

As of September 24, the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Pangasinan has a total of 782 confirmed COVID cases, with 291 active cases, 465 recoveries and 26 deaths.Municipalities with active cases of COVID-19 are the following: Dagupan City, Binmaley, Bayambang, Calasiao, Urdaneta City, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Lingayen, Mangaldan, Basista, Bolinao, San Carlos City, Mangaldan, San Fabian, and Mapandan.

Source: Manila Bulletin (