FOLLOWING the continued scaling down of anti-COVID-19 measures and testing, the city’s central triage facility at the Baguio Convention Center has completely been shut down.
Triage will now be provided primarily by hospitals and accommodation establishments.
The shutdown of the central triage facility is the next step following continued decrease of triage operations since last year.
Earlier in November of last year, the triage facility’s operations were cut down from 24 hours a day to a 9-5 scheme.
The city has also made moves to close down its isolation facility in the former Sto. Niño Hospital, as well as reduce its previously aggressive testing efforts.
With the scaling down of anti-COVID-19 efforts other than vaccination, the city has moved to keep its COVID patients in home isolation where possible, only using hospitalization where no other alternatives are available.
While there were previously quotas on tests done per day, the city has cut back on its aggressive COVID-19 testing pursuant to Department of Health (DOH) guidelines, with testing to be conducted only on symptomatic health workers, senior citizens, and individuals with comorbidities.