QC's contact tracing capacity continues to improve — Mayor Joy

Published October 28, 2021, 12:18 PM

by Aaron Homer Dioquino

The Quezon City government on Wednesday, Oct. 27, announced that its contact tracing capacity continues to improve.

“Contact tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that 37 contacts per one positive is the ideal ratio and we are now closer to that ratio because of all the interventions that we are doing to improve contact tracing,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The local government said that the contact tracing capacity recorded from Oct. 16 to 22 increased to 31.2 contacts traced per positive individual.

This is double the 14.94 capacity recorded from Oct. 2 to 9.

“This is very important to us because even though we are focused on vaccinating our population now, early detection of cases is still a vital step in mitigating the spread of the disease,” the mayor said.

According to the local government, the city has 3,500 contact tracers with the help of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE).

It added that more than 42,000 establishments are using “KyusiPass,” the city’s contact tracing application.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit(QCESU), said that contact tracing is one of the main strategies that the local government is using in the campaign against COVID-19.

“Contact tracing is one of our key strategies in this fight against COVID-19. Without proper tracing, positive cases will just multiply rapidly in different communities. But what we have in Quezon City is a strong arm of contract tracers – both manpower and digital-based,” he said.

QCESU is the city’s unit that conducts the contact tracing of all possible individuals who had been in contact with those who tested positive.

The local government said that as of Oct. 27, the city has recorded 1, 703, 329 fully vaccinated residents, or 100.20 percent of its 1.7 million target population. A total of 1, 832, 300 (107.78 percent of target population) were listed as vaccinated with their first doses.