AN intensified zoning containment strategy is being employed by the provincial government to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the province.
According to Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, chief of the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office, the strategy involves conducting aggressive contact tracing to curb COVID-19 and to establish more isolation facilities.
He told the web-based question hour of the provincial board on Monday that the Provincial IATF is adopting an intensified zoning strategy when considering the changing of the quarantine status in relation to the adherence to the existing national IATF resolutions.
Zoning containment is an approach created to limit the movement of people in certain areas to prevent the spread of the virus while testing and treatment of affected individuals are ongoing.
Meanwhile, for more effective containment via contact-tracing, the provincial government will hire 805 contact tracers that will be trained.
Throughout the intensified efforts, Oro said Gov. Amado Espino III has directed that the provincial government should be mindful of striking a balance between the reopening of the local economy and adherence to the community quarantine protocol.
To increase awareness of the continuing threat of the infection, the Provincial IATF is imperative that a closer collaboration between barangay officials, municipal and city government units and the provincial government is achieved and reminders are issued regularly through mass media.
As of Oct. 5, the PDRRMO facilitated the swab testing of 527 locally stranded individuals at the border control points of Pangasinan. (Philstar Wire Service/ECV)
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