Tagum City – To strengthen the health measure against COVID-19, an aggressive community testing implemented by the City COVID-19 Task Force headed by Mayor Allan L. Rellon and the Department of Health took place last December 2-4 in Tagum, ensuring the people’s safety especially as the holiday gets nearer.
1,500 individuals underwent the mandatory community testing conducted by the local government unit under the direction of the DOH. These people were identified as possible “close contacts” of already identified COVID-19 positive patients in the city via the sampling method based on the data gathered from the QR code scanning system of the province of Davao del Norte.
Those contacted by the contact tracers shall submit themselves to the testing; otherwise, they will receive certain sanctions under the Section 9 of the Republic Act 11332 or the “Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act”, and their QR registration will be blocked from the system as well.
The said testing is administered for free and Tagumenyos will then wait 2-7 days to get their result. They are also required to self-quarantine until the release of the result to avoid further spread of the virus in the event that some Tagumenyos would test positive from COVID-19.
Through these efforts, the LGU is hoping that the increase in cases in the city shall be prevented and to achieve that, cooperation from the people is much needed. Ziyarah Manalo/CIO Tagum
Frontliners are getting ready for the community testing. Their daily quota for the duration of the testing is 500 individuals per day starting December 2-4, 2020. Tagum City Health Office
Tagumenyos listen to the member of the COVID-19 Task Force while he explains the swabbing procedure to them. Tagum City Health Office
1,500 Tagumenyos subject themselves to the mandatory community testing as they got identified as “close contacts” of COVID-19 positive patients in the city. This measure is to ensure that there are no more positive patients amidst the public to prevent the further spread of the virus in the locality. Tagum City Health Office