Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Wednesday appealed to businesses to strictly implement the usage of Kyusipass, the city’s accredited contact tracing app powered by Safepass, upon their customers’ entry into their establishments.
Based on the report of QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-CESU), from May 7 to May 31, 2021, the city was able to identify 22,315 individuals through data gathered from Kyusipass who might have been exposed to 119 positive individuals.
“Dito natin makikita kung gaano ka-epektibo ang Kyusipass. After the contact tracers’ interview with our positive cases, we were able to trace these people who visited the exposure site an hour before and an hour after our confirmed case’s visit within his most infectious period,” Mayor Belmonte explained.
CESU sent a notification to the exposed individuals and urged them to report immediately especially if they are experiencing symptoms such as cough and fever.
Most of the confirmed cases visited establishments such as groceries, supermarkets, malls, and corporate offices during their infectious period.
“Kyusipass makes our data management easier. It also helps us to trace exposed individuals faster and easier. That is why establishments should have KyusiPass and we encourage our citizens to make use of this app,” Mayor Belmonte added.
Moreover, in accordance with Quezon City Ordinance 3019-2021 also known as the KyusiPass Ordinance, all 80,000 business establishments within the city are mandated to set up a KyusiPass QR code or provide a QR code scanner at their entrances.
According to QC-CESU chief Dr. Rolly Cruz, residents have nothing to worry about as data privacy is assured when using the data gathered from Kyusipass.
“Establishments will not be able to access their visitors’ data. Only CESU is authorized to secure this information and this will only be retrieved when contact tracing is needed,” Cruz said.
Kyusipass is also one of the necessary requirements to secure a Safety Seal, which signifies an establishment’s compliance with minimum health protocols.