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Precious Castelo bats for establishment of contact tracing centers in areas with high COVID-19 cases

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Quezon City Rep. Precious Castelo has filed a measure establishing contact-tracing centers in areas where there is still a high incidence of COVID-19 cases

Under House Bill 7538, the Department of Health (DOH) would determine the high-risk areas where contact-tracing centers would be established based on a standard metric. Local government units, through their mayors or governors, may recommend that a barangay, city, town, or province may be classified as a high-risk area.

A contact-tracing center shall be headed by a medical doctor. The DOH would be mandated to issue implementing rules and regulations.

The centers would ensure that all individuals who tested positive for new coronavirus are interviewed for as many contacts as possible, with priority to close contacts. They would also make sure that all traced contacts are monitored for symptoms, and where necessary, tested, isolated and treated.

Castelo said it is important to have an efficient and systematic tracing and monitoring of COVID-19 patients and the persons they made contact with.

“If contact tracing efforts will be done quickly and effectively, the impact of the pandemic will dramatically decrease,” she said.