QC gov't traces close contacts of COVID-19 patients through KyusiPass

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Thursday reiterated her call to operators and owners of all enclosed and business establishments in the city to consistently use its contact tracing application KyusiPass.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte

Belmonte made the call after the local government managed to identify thousands of individuals who might have been exposed to 119 confirmed COVID-19 patients using it.

After the City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) was able to contact 22,315 individuals who had an exposure to positive patients through KyusiPass, Belmonte said the use of such a platform could then “be proven effective” in terms of finding possible virus carriers.

“After the contact tracers’ interview with our positive cases, we were able to trace these people who visited the exposure site an hour before and an hour after our confirmed case’s visit within his most infectious period,” she said.

CESU sent a notification to the exposed individuals through their contact details provided to KyusiPass.

The local government also urged them to report immediately should they experience symptoms such as cough and fever, the local government said.

Most of the confirmed cases visited establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, malls, and corporate offices during their infectious period, it added.

“Kyusipass makes our data management easier. It also helps us to trace exposed individuals faster and easier,” Belmonte said, adding that that is the reason “why establishments should have KyusiPass.”

Also, in accordance with Quezon City Ordinance 3019-2021 or the KyusiPass Ordinance, all the city’s 80,000 business establishments are required to set up a KyusiPass QR code or provide a QR code scanner at their entrances.

CESU chief Dr. Rolly Cruz said residents should have nothing to worry about as data privacy is assured when using the data gathered from Kyusipass.