Pateros Tags COVID-Infected Households With Yellow Ribbon

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( Metro Manila on September 16 shifted to Alert Level 4, which is from the new five-step Alert Level scheme that replaced the Community Quarantine system. Local government units also have the authority to impose granular lockdowns on specific streets in a barangay or a whole floor in a condominium with high COVID-19 cases. Pateros, for their part, is tagging COVID-infected houses with yellow ribbons for ease of monitoring and contact tracing.

“It’s the barangay captain who will tie the yellow ribbon for easy identification,” Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III said. This system allows local officials to monitor the households and ensure that no one is going in and out. It also alerts people to stay away from places with confirmed infections, the mayor added. The LGU can also seal off a whole street or alley where a cluster of residents tested positive for COVID-19.


"To ensure that we can watch over and identify which houses will be locked down, we will use tagging. This is no longer to be ashamed of… finding out a neighbor is positive because this is now commonplace," Ponce said.

Neighbors can also let barangay officials know if there's any breach in health protocols in the tagged houses or streets.

Also read: Everything You Need to Know About Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila

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