BACOOR CITY – The National Task Force COVID-19 promised to send additional swab teams to help improve the testing capacity of the city which currently has the highest number of confirmed cases in Cavite.
As of the writing, Bacoor already recorded 522 COVID-19 confirmed cases, of which 188 have recovered while 31 have died.
The commitment came after the local government unit had consulted NTF Deputy Implementer and Testing Czar Secretary Vince Dizon, highlighting the influx of infection since July.
Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla disclosed that nearly 60% of their cases came from employees working in NCR.
Moreover, the surge was said to be relevant to their limited testing capacity, not to mention the lack of quarantine facilities.
Hence, Dizon committed to help launch a more aggressive PCR testing while targeting to increase the number of isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients in the area.
“Tumaas ang cases, katulad ng nakikita natin sa Metro Manila, so kailangan very aggressive ang ating mga intervention,” [The (COVID-19) cases have increased, just like what we are witnessing in Metro Manila, so we need to be very aggressive in our interventions], he said.
Dizon also mentioned using hotels and motels to augment the isolation areas.
Thousands of donations handed-out
Besides their commitment to heighten COVID-19 response, NTF already donated 5,000 personal protective equipment sets and 2000 PCR test kits from the Department of Health to Bacoor.
Each set includes bodysuit, face mask and gloves.
Dizon said this was just the first batch of donations for the city.
Some 2,000 PCR test kits are still expected to be freely given for its second batch.