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DOH: COVID-19 testing, tracing, isolation efforts ramped up in Pasay amid spike

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said testing, tracing, and isolation measures in Pasay City will be ramped up starting this week after the city saw a spike in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

DOH NCR director Corazon Flores told Super Radyo dzBB that health authorities met with Pasay officials and the Metro Manila Development Authority to address the city’s case increase.

“Ang napag-usapan po talaga is pagtutulung-tulungan natin ‘yung ating active, aggressive contact tracing doon sa active cases,” she said.

Flores said 100 additional contact tracers will be deployed to Pasay to aid the local government unit.

“Itinaas na rin po ‘yung capacity for testing doon sa Pasay. Ngayon po, meron tayong mga naka-put up na mga swabbing [area]… karagdagan po para doon sa mga na-contact trace na kailangan i-swab,” she said.

“May mga isolation facilities set up and of course meron ding pwedeng dalhin sa Oplan Kalinga,” she added.

The DOH on Wednesday said it would collect more samples for genome sequencing from Pasay to determine if the increased transmission is driven by a new coronavirus variant.

The Pasay City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) on Tuesday sounded the alarm on the rising COVID-19 transmission within households.

“Unlike po before ‘pag nagkaroon naman ng positive dati sa bahay, hindi naman po nahahawa lahat ng pamilya. Eh ngayon po ang trend po lahat po sila nahahawa,” CESU officer in charge Mico Llorca said.

Certain areas in 55 out of the 201 barangays in Pasay are under lockdown to curb COVID-19 transmission.—AOL, GMA News