Davao City ready for ‘mega surge’

Davao City ready for ‘mega surge’
Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Focal Person Dr. Ashley Lopez. (NF File Photo by Armando Fenequito)

DAVAO CITY – Amid a downward trend of COVID-19 cases here, the city government is bracing for a potential mega surge of transmission due to the Lenten season.

“We have already made a contingency plan for what we call a mega surge. We have anticipated that this surge that happened in NCR and Cebu could happen in the whole country. This is also possible because it’s Holy Week,” Davao City Covid-19 Task Force Focal Person Dr. Ashley Lopez said.

He said the contingency plan includes preparations for the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities (TTMF), the isolation and quarantine facilities, staffing, and encouraging private hospitals to participate and allocate hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. 

Also, the Task Force has started implementing the Expanded Mandatory Testing of all close contacts in all levels of a Covid-19 positive patient.

This city is experiencing a decreasing case of COVID-19 for the past 14 days.

As of March 30, only 43 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were recorded bringing the total active cases to 335.

Lopez said that the more testing the city will conduct, the more the Task Force can accurately assess the COVID-19 situation in Davao City.

Aside from the expanded mandatory testing, the Task Force is also implementing intensified case finding and influenza-like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory infections (ARI) surveillance.

Lopez urged the Dabawenyos experiencing the said illnesses to go to the nearest District Health Office and secure a schedule for swab testing.

Lopez also reminded Dabawenyos to continue to strictly follow the stay home campaign of the city and follow the minimum health protocols such as wearing face masks, physical distancing, and frequent handwashing.