Contact trac­ing: 3 COVID pa­tients had close contact with 233 peo­ple

Mindanao Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY SA­MAN­THA T. BUR­GOS

CONTACT trac­ing is on­go­ing to track down peo­ple in the re­gion who had close in­ter­ac­tion with a con­firmed COVID-19 pa­tient.

Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, Department of Health XI med­i­cal of­fi­cer of the Re­gional Epi­demi­ol­ogy Sur­veil­lance Unit, said they are co­or­di­nat­ing with the lo­cal govern­ment units for the in­ten­si­fied contact trac­ing.

They also made some progress.

For ex­am­ple, Pa­tient 130, the 21-year-old re­cov­ered COVID-19 pa­tient, had close con­tacts with 104 peo­ple. Of these 104

in­di­vid­u­als, 83 per­sons have been con­tacted and mon­i­tored al­ready. Three of them had mild symp­toms while the rest are asymp­to­matic.

PH 262 and PH 263, the cou­ple who also tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19, had close con­tacts with an es­ti­mated 129 peo­ple. Of these num­ber, the DOH al­ready reached out to 49 in­di­vid­u­als.

For PH442, only 18 in­di­vid­u­als have been listed for contact trac­ing. Ta­boda said they are co­or­di­nat­ing with the air­lines, and now wait­ing for the man­i­festo so that they can add it to their list.

The City Health Office (CHO) will con­duct the contact trac­ing for PH443, the lat­est pa­tient pos­i­tive of COVID-19.

As for PH444, also the re­cently re­ported con­firmed COVID-19 case, the lo­cal health units and the govern­ment are re­spon­si­ble for track­ing down the pos­si­ble in­fected peo­ple.

Ta­boda said all these con­tacted peo­ple are now on strict home quar­an­tine, mon­i­tored by the lo­cal health units.

“Con­tin­u­ous contact trac­ing has been con­ducted. We are en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to please sub­mit any in­for­ma­tion that might help with our contact trac­ing,” she said.

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