THE Cebu City Government has organized 35 contact tracing teams to identify people who had close contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Mayor Edgardo Labella said their initial plan was to organize 80 such teams for the city’s 80 barangays.
Even if Covid-19 cases in the city continue to rise, it won’t be so alarming if those who test positive are immediately isolated and treated so they can recover rapidly and the people they had contact with are identified so they, too, can be isolated and monitored, he said.
The mayor said each contact tracing team will have five members who will look for and identify the persons a Covid-19 patient had contact with.
Labella is also hoping to hire 400 health workers, including medical technologists and nurses who will draw blood for the rapid diagnostic test or take swab samples.
According to the City Health Department, the city had 2,908 active cases on Monday, July 6, 2020. It also had 3,232 recoveries, or a recovery rate of 53 percent, and 221 mortalities.
Labella said people who test positive for Covid-19 but don’t display any symptoms will be placed in isolation at the 350-bed New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (Noah) complex at the South Road Properties, on orders of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of the Cebu Covid-19 Task Force.
Those with symptoms will be brought to the quarantine center at the North Reclamation Center where they will receive free treatment. (PAC / PJB)