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QC expects spike in COVID-19 cases as testing ramps up

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The local government of Quezon City expects a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as community-based testing centers in all six districts become operational.

Dr. Rolly Cruz of the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) said testing is crucial to identifying, isolating and treating COVID-19 positive patients.

“Testing is like driving with headlights on, which is way better than driving in the dark. Through it, we can properly isolate and give care to our patients who tested positive,” said Cruz.

The local government recently opened community-based testing centers in Districts 1, 2 and 3.

The District 1 testing center is situated at the Esteban Abada Elementary School while the Batasan National High School is the site of the testing area for District 2. For District 3, the city government assigned the Old Balara Covered Court as testing site, which will open today (Wednesday).

The three centers will operate from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and aim to conduct around 50 tests per day.

Quezon City also has testing centers in District 4 (Quezon City Experience or QCX), District 5 (SB Park Novaliches) and District 6 (University of the Philippines’ Asian Institute of Tourism along Commonwealth Avenue).

In addition, tests are continuously done by the local government hospitals as well as by the QCESU.