Quezon City residents who wish to undergo free COVID-19 testing can now book an appointment online.
“We have opened an online platform so our residents can come forward and report to us immediately especially if they are close contacts of COVID-positive patients or if they are experiencing any symptoms. So we can counter and contain the virus as fast as we can, and on all fronts,” said Mayor Joy Belmonte.
According to the head of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) Dr. Rolando Cruz, this appointment system is in addition to the on-ground contact tracing being done by his team on a daily basis.
“We are continously finding ways on how to strengthen and improve our testing efforts. And as we realize that more residents are getting sick and need to confirm their status, we decided to expand this free swab service,” said Cruz.
To initiate the appointment, interested individuals should fill out the Reservation Form found here: http://bit.ly/QCfreetest
Once the form is submitted, a call further assessing the resident’s condition will be made by the community-based testing (CBT) verifier.
Lastly, a confirmation text will be sent notifying the resident of the schedule of his swab test.
Cruz reminded that swab testing is strictly by appointment and no walk-ins are allowed.
“Due to the volume of persons we need to test and the limitation in our test kits supply per day, we have to allocate our resources to those who need it the most,”
Residents who will be prioritized for the swab testing are close contacts or those who were exposed to COVID-positive patients, those who are experiencing symptoms, pregnant, dialysis patients,, and those who will undergo medical operations and need COVID-19 test results.
The local government is also set to open additional testing sites to cater to the volume of residents who need to be tested. The said sites will be operational as follows: Bistekville Park 6 (District 5) on April 19; Melencio Castelo Training Center, MRB Compound (District 2), Kristong Hari, UP Campus (District 4), Mendoza Court (District 6), and Brgy. Annex Pingkian (District 6) on April 21.
As of this writing, the community-based testing centers in the city are located in the following: Toro Hills Basketball Court (District 1), Super Health Center Molave (District 2), Old Balara Covered Court (District 3), Quirino 2B Barangay Court (District 3), Libis Court E. Rodriguez Avenue (District 3), Amoranto Stadium (District 4), Roxas Covered Court (District 4), 736 People’s Park (District 4), SB Plaza Novaliches (District 5), Talipapa Senior High School (District 6) and QCX Museum, Quezon Memorial Circle.
For queries, residents may message the official CESU Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/QCEpidemiologyDiseaseSurveillance or call any of the following QC Contact Tracing Hotlines: 8703-2759, 8703-4398, 0916-122-8628, 0908-639-8086, 0931-095-7737