Trichy Corpn Steps Up Testing, Assigns Contact Tracing Team | Trichy news

Trichy: As part of the precautionary measures in the face of the increase in Covid-19 infections in Trichy which crossed the triple digit mark on Thursday, the urban local body increased RT-PCR tests from 1,000 to 2,000 samples per day. A dedicated team has been tasked with stepping up contact tracing and cases reported by approved private laboratories are contacted by health workers on the same day to request hospital status.
With new infections in the district increasing dramatically every day, the Trichy Company said the infection rate in the town was still under control. A containment zone has been established on Promenade Road where an apartment has reported several cases. However, health officials said no clusters had been reported so far. While the district plans to increase testing from 2,000 to 6,000 per day, the city will double its current testing level. Contact tracing has been stepped up thanks to a dedicated team of tele-callers. Positive vaccinated and asymptomatic cases are allowed to isolate themselves at home.
“We authorize home isolation for eligible people given their vaccination status. The vaccinated people who tested positive were mostly asymptomatic, ”Dr M Yazhini, the city’s health officer, told TOI. The Trichy company plans to delegate a mobile team to monitor isolated positive cases at home and launch a mobile helpline to address the doubts of those quarantined. Three Covid Care Centers (CCC) are planned, probably at Yatri Nivas, at Bharathidasan University (Khajamalai) and at Bishop Heber College.
The town of Trichy vaccinated around 82% of its eligible population while 64% completed both doses. The civic body plans to increase vaccination status (with one dose) to more than 90% of the eligible population before the third wave escalates. Despite the increase in cases, the state government’s announced restrictions on public travel have yet to mark Trichy. The crowds in the shopping streets remain high as the Pongal festival is only a few days away. While holding exhibitions is prohibited, the city attends clothing sales exhibitions in several locations, residents complained. “We will intensify the application together with other stakeholders,” added the city’s health official.