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QC barangay under EECQ

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The Quezon City government is implementing extreme enhanced community quarantine (EECQ) in two barangays with several positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to the Quezon City local government unit (LGU).

She identified the barangays as Tandang Sora and Kalusugan which have three confirmed COVID-19 cases each.

“We have decided to use strict community quarantine after meeting with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and other concerned agencies and offices,” the LGU noted.

“This way, we will help prevent the spread of the virus to nearby areas and keep other parts of the community safe,” added the LGU, which earlier announced 29 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city, mostly local transmission.

Officials said the local government led by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) has identified hot and warm zones in the cited barangays to control public access and prevent the spread of the virus.

Aside from the DRRMO, the Barangay and Community Relations Department, the City Health Department, City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, Department of Public Order and Safety, Task Force Disiplina, the QCPD and the 1502nd Army Reserve, all agreed to enforce the identification of warm and hot zones in areas with high COVID-19 exposure.

Officials said houses with positive COVID-19 patients are considered hot zones and placed under strict community quarantine.

A checkpoint manned by the QCPD will not allow anyone to go out of the hot zone. The local government will provide the residents with food and other basic needs.

Warm zones are defined as areas within a 500-meter perimeter radius of the residence. Strict monitoring and surveillance is applied in and around the area.

Quarantine checkpoints manned by the QCPD will be deployed, and only one person per household is allowed to go out and purchase food and other needs.

A 500-meter quarantine radius will be implemented around the three government-run hospitals in the city — Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.

An area from East Avenue and BIR road up to Elliptical Road will be closed while public control will be implemented along Matalino Street.

The LGU earlier issued a memorandum controlling public access to the four city-based national hospitals, including the Philippine Lung Center.

In the memorandum, all persons entering and exiting the hospitals are subject to thorough health checks and temperature scans while their names, address and phone number will be recorded for purposes of contact tracing.

Persons showing COVID-19 symptoms will be placed in isolation and prevented from leaving until allowed by the hospital’s appropriate authority.

If a person is allowed to leave or considered a person under monitoring, the hospital will coordinate with the CHD for the implementation of home quarantine.

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