The Quezon City government has reported that 637 of the 640 evacuees or 99.5% who are currently being monitored has tested negative for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Only 3 individuals or .5% has tested positive and were taken to community-care facilities for immediate medical attention.

Mayor Joy Belmonte welcomed this development and attributed it to the strict monitoring and hard work of the city’s health and barangay workers.

“We are happy to report that our city was able to control the situation despite the high possibility of having an outbreak in our shelters,” said Belmonte.

According to Dr. Rolando Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU), the city’s health workers will continue to monitor the health status of the remaining families in the shelter.

“All results of those who manifested symptoms and swabbed were already released. But we’ll remain alert and ready in case anyone will show symptoms again,” Cruz said.

As of November 20, there are still 364 families affected by Typhoon Ulysses who are temporary sheltered in the city’s evacuation centers in Districts 2, 3, and 4.

Meanwhile, as of November 21 the city’s active cases dropped to 2% or 489, while recoveries are at 23,236 or 95% of the total validated cases in the city.