Baguio aggressive contact tracing in COVID-19 fight earns praise


Posted at Apr 17 2020 10:12 AM

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Friday praised Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong for ordering aggressive contact tracing in the city to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Contact tracing is a labor-intensive process of finding out who positive coronavirus patients have been in proximity with and testing and quarantining the various connections if necessary.

Instead of asking COVID-19 patients to simply list persons they interacted with, Baguio authorities seek to "refresh" their memory on where they went to identify possible carriers of the disease, including those who are not personal acquiantances, said DILG Secretary Eduardo Año. 

"Maganda talaga iyong formula na ginawa ni Mayor Benjie Magalong kasi iyong pagiging CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) chief niya before nagamit niya," he told DZMM. 
"Madali nilang nakukuha at mabilis silang nakakakilos. Dapat ganito kasi we have to account all those people para ma-conduct-an natin ng testing," he added. 

(The formula that Mayor Benjie Magalong came up with is good because he used his background as former CIDG chief. They get the contacts easily and they move fast. This should be how it's done so we can account all the people we need to test.) 

Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, earlier said aggressive contact tracing of people who tested positive for the coronavirus will be key in deciding when to reopen parts of the US amid the pandemic.

DZMM, April 17, 2020