The Quezon City local government has launched a mobile community testing unit to expand its testing capabilities and aid the city’s efforts in arresting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The modified truck will prioritize testing barangay officials and frontliners and will be under the command of the city’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU). It will be used to test areas with high attack rate, high active cases.
The mobile testing unit is equipped with a generator, a mini-laboratory, negative pressure, a self-decontamination area, and will be able to conduct rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and polymerase chain reaction tests (PCRT). Testing is a key part of the local government’s campaign of identifying, isolating and treating COVID-19 positive patients, while preventing its spread to communities.