The Emergency Operations Center traced 197 close contacts of 53 Covid patients in Bacolod City, as of April 22.
During the EOC daily huddle Thursday, EOC Contact Tracing head, Dr. Rosalie Deocampo, said 93 of these close contacts are household members of those who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.
The EOC, created by virtue of Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s Executive Order No. 59, has the main objective of containing the spread of Covid-19 in Bacolod, a press release from the city said.
Recently, Leonardia, as head of the EOC, approved a directive ordering verified close contacts of Covid-19 patients to undergo RT-PCR testing as they are more prone to infection.
Verified close contacts exhibiting Covid symptoms have to immediately undergo RT-PCR test.
All close contacts, who test negative, are also required to undergo a 14-day home quarantine to prevent infection of other individuals.
This is also one way to closely monitor them, in case they show Covid-19 symptoms later, for immediate treatment.
“A negative test can sometimes be a false assurance,” EOC executive director and City Administrator Em Ang, said.
She also said that there are other individuals who have tested positive seven days or even 13 days after their last exposure.
Ang reminded the public again to always follow the minimum health protocols, like wearing of face masks and face shields, and maintaining physical distancing.
The EOC Contact Tracing cluster is meticulous in tracing the significant activities of confirmed cases and identifying all close contacts. This is just one of the harmonized and synchronized operations of the EOC necessary in mitigating the spread of the virus, she added.*