Caloocan to Use ‘Quarantine Wristband’ to Track Possible COVID-19 Patients
Caloocan City local government now requires people who have done swab testing to wear a ‘quarantine wristband’ to ensure compliance with health protocols.
According to the report of GMA News, Caloocan residents who will undergo a swab test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be required to wear a wristband the will track them to ensure they comply with the health protocols.
Residents will be given a wristband and must connect the band to their smartphone and check-in twice a day. However, for those with no internet connection, they could come to their barangay hall for the check-in.
Caloocan City Administrator Oliver Hernandez said: “After swabbing, they need to put that and then i-scan na ng ating mga health officers together with the contact tracing. Madali nang mamo-monitor [kung] nagii-stay ba talaga sila sa bahay o pagala gala.”
The wristband is connected to the system where it can monitor the movement of the person who wears it. The system can see where and how far the resident goes from the quarantine area. This also helps to identify clusters of infection.
“We see in real-time where the clusters are happening. There’s a visual representation so [if] there’s a real potential outbreak happening here, then we can focus our resources within that area,” Caloocan COVID Command Center chief Sikini Labastilla said.
Based on the report, the city government has already purchased 20,000 wristbands to be distributed to residents who undergo swab tests. Meanwhile, residents who will be caught violating will be punished and fined.
However, that could not be done until a city ordinance dictates sanctions for violators. “If they violated that, merong mga P1,000, P3,000, and P5,000 penalties,” Hernandez said.
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