Navotas starts using quarantine band system
Navotas City started the use of a quarantine band system to monitor close contacts and confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, and track movement of residents in lockdown areas.
The Navotas Quarantine Band System (Navo Q-Band) is enacted, through City Ordinance No. 2021-24, to promote efficiency in the city’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Navo Q-Band is mandatory for all individuals who are confirmed positive patients, and those who live with them, if they qualified for home quarantine; close contacts of positive cases; and those who reside in areas under granular lockdown.
The system can monitor the location, health status and infection risk of these individuals, which can then help the City Health Office to determine and contain virus clusters.
Navoteños who live in areas under lockdown are tagged with white Q-bands. Meanwhile, COVID positive patients and those who live with them while they are in home quarantine, and close contacts that will undergo or have undergone RT-PCR test with pending results are given pink Q-bands.
“The surge in COVID-19 cases in our city these past two months is very alarming. The abrupt increase in community isolation facility admissions and the number of lockdowns we have imposed is a matter of grave concern,” Mayor Toby Tiangco said.
“These circumstances not only affected the health and livelihood of our constituents. They also further stretched the meager resources of our city. We have to act fast and use all our assets to their full advantage, and implement measures that can effectively contain the spread of the virus,” he added.
The Navo Q-bands will be monitored by the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Office twice or thrice a day at random times. The tagged individuals will receive messages and they need to scan their bands as their reply.
They shall also respond to monitoring and tracking inquiry within 10 minutes of receiving the message. Failure to respond for at least three times in a day, without justifiable reason, is considered a violation of the quarantine band system’s implementing guidelines.
The Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, on the other hand, is in-charge of receiving tracking messages and scanning of Q-bands of covered persons without mobile phones.
The City Health Office is the sole entity that can remove the Navo Q-bands from persons wearing them. Unauthorized removal or tampering of bands is also a violation and is subject to penalty.
Navotenos with Q-bands shall not leave the isolation facility or their residence if under home quarantine, and the perimeters of the identified area under granular lockdown.
White Q-band wearers will face P1,000, P2,000 and P5,000 fines for their first, second and third offense, respectively. On the other hand, pink Q-band wearers will be slapped with P5,000 fine on their first and succeeding violations.
Navotas has a total of 8,356 COVID-19 positive cases, as of March 30, 2021. Of these, 1,300 are still active cases.
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