WITH the easing of restrictions and the increasing vaccine coverage in Baguio City, the local government has begun to transition towards the closure of the city’s central triage facility.
According to City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña, the city will be reducing the number of personnel at the central triage facility in the Baguio Convention Center compound to an amount sufficient to run one of the three established triage units in order to save on operations costs as the COVID-19 situation in the city improves.
However, Dela Peña assured that the reduction in triage personnel does not mean that the city will start skimping on necessary health protocols, coverage, and contact tracing efforts, which he said will continue even as the city transitions into a lower risk environment.
He also added that the city will continue to study the COVID-19 situation with regard to transmission and spread to determine the appropriate level of operation for the city’s triage facilities.
According to City Health Officer Rowena Galpo, recent data indicates that more and more walk-in travelers requiring tests at the triage facilities are arriving in the city. She also noted that many local governments still require COVID-19 test results, whether antigen or otherwise.
Galpo also said that vaccination will still continue to be held at SM’s Sunset Terraces and in different district health centers, with sufficient supplies of vaccines assured.