CALOOCAN CITY, July (PIA) --The Quezon City government has recorded a high recovery rate of 60 percent, proving that its intensified trace-isolate-treat strategy is effective in combating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to Dr. Rolly Cruz, head of the QC-Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (ESU) of the QC Health Department, the number of recoveries stands at 1,985 among 3,302 cases validated by QC-ESU and District Health Offices as of July 1.
"Dahil mabilis nating naisasagawa ang trace-isolate-treat strategy natin, agad nating naaagapan ang mga kaso ng COVID-19 at nabibigyan ng karampatang atensiyon at pag-aalaga," said Cruz.
Since June 6 up to present, Cruz said the number of recovered cases in Quezon City has overtaken the number of active cases. In comparison, the National Capital Region's number of recovered cases is consistently lower than the number of active cases.
Also, the city's various HOPE Community Caring Facilities are now near capacity because of trace-isolate-treat approach.
"We welcome this situation as this only shows that our trace-isolate-treat method in dealing with the pandemic is effective," said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
"Dahil epektibo ang ating community-based testing, mas madali nating naihihiwalay ang mga positibo sa COVID-19 para hindi na makahawa pa sa mga komunidad," she added.
The city's various HOPE facilities serve as quarantine areas for possible COVID-19 cases and treatment centers for mild to asymptomatic cases.
Based on latest data, HOPE 2, which has a total bed capacity of 294, currently has 285 patients. HOPE 3, for its part, has 78 patients, six less than its capacity of 84 beds.
"The influx of patients is due to the fact that we have identified positive patients from lockdown areas and through contract tracing of ESU," said Cruz.
"Sa tulong ng ating HOPE facilities ay hindi na-overwhelm ang mga referral hospital natin. Hospitals were able to cater to more critical cases instead," he added.
Meanwhile, Cruz said that the HOPE 2 facility at Quezon City University will be closed in the middle of August to pave way for possible face-to-face classes in September.
"In place of that, we will be opening two new quarantine facilities at the Quezon City General Hospital (QCGH) and in Talipapa," said Cruz.
The QCGH facility, set to open in August, will have 350 beds while center that will be established at the Talipapa Senior High School has 76 beds.
"The facility in Talipapa will open next month and will also serve as community testing center," said Cruz.(QC PAISD/PIA-NCR)