Effective contact tracing leads to discovery of 63 COVID-19 cases in Baguio City

Published October 3, 2020, 10:01 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – At least 63 persons, who were found to have exposure to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, have also tested positive for the dreaded virus in this city on Friday, October 2.

The 63 cases, which were tagged by the city’s contact tracers, accounted for most of the 66 infections recorded by the city for the day.

The city now has a total of 1,043 confirmed cases, 486 active, 543 recoveries and 14 deaths.

City Health Services Office (CHSO) said contacts belonging to two of the city’s three major clusters — Slaughterhouse area and City Camp Central — dominated the batch while the rest came from other smaller groups.

Slaughterhouse had 16 new active cases, while City Camp Central had 14. A total 21 barangays are still on lockdown here.

Both areas, along with Lower Lourdes Subdivision, contributed multiple cases in the past days, prompting Mayor Benjie Magalong to place them on hard lockdown.

The entire Barangay Sto.Nino-Slaughterhouse has been locked down since September 24, while Puroks 6 and 7 of Barangay City Camp Central has been under the same level of restriction since September 29.

Magalong warned more cases could still be expected from the three hotspots with the continuation of contact tracing activities in the clusters.

The CHSO placed the city’s seven-day moving average at 31 cases per day, meaning the city expects an average of 31 cases in the next seven days starting on September 29.