As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, Quezon City has hired an additional 300 contact tracers to find people who have been in direct contact with infected patients.
In a statement released Monday, July 13, Mayor Joy Belmonte said, “Aggressive contact tracing is key to testing the right population. We have to keep pace with new infections by forming many groups of contact tracers who will be able to immediately identify those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 patients.”
According to City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Head Rolando Cruz, the contact tracers, the goal is to inform and educate people who have been exposed to the virus on what they should do to reduce transmission.
Registered nurses, medical technologists, members of the Philippine National Police, and at least two persons enlisted by each barangay make up the current pool of tracers.
Cruz added they have undergone one-day intensive contact tracing training which includes topics on tracing protocols, proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, and effective communication and interviews.
In a DOH virtual press, Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire said there were 7,371 nurses deployed in their respective communities who were involved in contact tracing as well as specimen collection.
There were also 3,830 public health associates who are also part of contact tracing efforts.