Aside from the 2,000-bed capacity of its HOPE quarantine facilities, the Quezon City government also has an additional 860 beds in isolation centers established by various barangays for suspect and confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said 82 out of the 142 QC barangays have already put up dedicated facilities, which are located in city- or barangay-owned buildings, to avoid home quarantine for probable, suspect and confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases earlier discouraged home quarantine due to the increasing infection among household members.
“We want all barangays to have their own quarantine facilities so they can immediately pull out suspected patients from their households, thereby controlling the spread of infection,” Belmonte said.
As of last count, District 1 has 213 beds while District 2 has 90 beds. District 3 has 154 beds set up in 24 barangays while District 4 has the highest number of beds with 281. District 5 and 6 has 78 and 44 beds, respectively.
“Tataas pa ang bilang na ito dahil inaasahan natin na marami pang barangay ang gagawa ng sarili nilang pasilidad,” Belmonte said.
As for other barangays that don’t have the capacity to put up their own quarantine facilities, QC COVID-19 Task Force Head Joseph Juico said nearby barangays will be asked to assist them.
“Some barangays that do not have any buildings due to their size will be provided with beds in nearby communities,” Juico said.
“They can also bring their patients to any of our Hope Community Caring Facilities, which now have more than 2000 beds for patients,” he added.
Juico said doctors from the City Health Department will also be regularly visiting barangay isolation facilities to check up on the patients.
The need to discourage with home quarantine was highlighted by a recent report from the city’s BantAI COVID data monitoring, indicating an increase in the number of youths infected with the virus due to close contact with positive adults in households.
“There have been reports that household infection is continuously growing due to the fact that some family members have resumed work,” Belmonte explained.
“We request that they limit physical affection such as hugs, cuddles and kisses for the meantime. Konting tiis muna. Para sa panahon na matapos na ito, mas mahigpit na yakap ang maibibigay natin sa ating mga mahal sa buhay,” she added.