Press Release/August 21, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) this week started implementing the “Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic” or CODE strategy to 30 barangays with the highest confirmed or active cases of COVID-19 in the region.

According to Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo, under the CODE COVID-19, each barangay will be closely monitored and ensure their accessibility to isolation facilities, including birthing facility, laboratory and dialysis center. The number of workers in each barangay will also be accounted for including the presence and assistance of Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) and the Philippine National Police.

“Once these are all in place, we will begin the massive swab testing immediately sa mga identified barangays. Magkakaroon tayo ng active case finding at magha-house-to-house tayo to check kung mayroong mga taong may covid symptoms sa kanilang mga bahay. Kapag mayroong nagpositibo na miyembro ng isang pamilya ay kailangang i-lockdown ang bahay at walang palalabasin upang hindi makahawa pa ng iba.  We will isolate residence who are positive with COVID-19 including their close contacts.” he stated.

Janairo added that the swab testing for residents of identified barangays will be free of charge.  

The CODE strategy will involve close coordination between DOH representatives, the local government units and the communities to ensure that communities are properly prepared as they return to GCQ.  

“Dito ay magfo-focus tayo sa barangay level and we will address it through a more stringent enforcement of health protocols including localized lockdowns, curfews, staying at home and lesser social interactions to prevent the spread and transmission of the virus.”

As of August 20, 2020, there are 15,292 COVID 19 cases in CALABARZON and 10,086 are active cases. There are 4,789 recoveries with 420 deaths reported.

Of The five provinces, Laguna has the highest reported cases with 5,857 followed by Cavite with 3,492 and Rizal with 2,922. Batangas has 2,263 and Quezon with 761 cases.

Ugaliin natin ang pagsusuot ng face mask pag lumalabas ng bahay at sanayin na natin ang ating sarili sa pagsunod sa mga minimum health standards gaya ng social distancing. Huwag ng lumabas ng bahay kung hindi naman kinakailangan. We may have to restrict our movements but this can help keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and secure,” Janairo concluded.