QC’s ‘trace-isolate-treat’ strategy yields city’s highest COVID-19 recovery rate so far

Published July 2, 2020, 2:09 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The local government of Quezon City is seeing progress in its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response after reporting its highest case recovery rate so far.

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Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the city’s epidemiology unit, said the city’s recovery rate now stands at 60 percent after 1,985 of the city’s 3,302 confirmed COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease.

“…mabilis nating naisasagawa ang trace-isolate-treat strategy natin, agad nating naaagapan ang mga kaso ng COVID-19, at nabibigyan ng karampatang atensiyon at pag-aalaga (We were quick to implement the trace-isolate-treat strategy, attend to COVID-19 cases, and give them necessary medical care),” Cruz said, referring to the reason how the city managed to get a high recovery rate.

The epidemiology unit head also said the city’s COVID-19 care and isolation facilities are about to be fully occupied by patients showing no or mild symptoms. But he attributed it to the city’s “trace-isolate-treat” possible virus carriers approach.

For her part, Mayor Joy Belmonte welcomed the situation as “this only shows that our trace-isolate-treat method in dealing with the pandemic is effective.”

“Dahil epektibo ang ating community-based testing, mas madali nating naihihiwalay ang mga positibo sa COVID-19 para hindi na makahawa pa sa mga komunidad (Because our community-based testing is effective, we were able to easily isolate COVID-19 patients so they no longer infect others),” she said.

Based on the local government’s latest data, Hope 2, one of the city’s quarantine facilities with a total bed capacity of 294, has  285 patients. Hope 3, on the other hand, has 78 patients. It has an 84-bed capacity.

“The influx of patients is due to the fact that we have identified positive patients from lockdown areas and through contract tracing of [the epidemiology unit], ” Cruz said.

“Sa tulong ng ating Hope facilities ay hindi na-overwhelm ang mga referral hospital natin (With the help of our Hope facilities, our referral hospitals are not overwhelmed). Hospitals were able to cater to more critical cases instead,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cruz said the Hope 2 facility at Quezon City University will be closed in the middle of August to pave way for possible face-to-face classes in September.

The local government will open two more quarantine facilities next month at the Quezon City General Hospital and in Barangay Talipapa, with a total of 426 beds, he added.