Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Covid-19 update as of October 13, 2020. (Image courtesy of the Oroquieta City local government)

ILIGAN CITY – The local government unit (LGU) of Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental said it has started using an online application for contact tracing as part of its ongoing Covid-19 response.

This came after Mayor Lemuel Acosta signed an agreement with Cosmotech Philippines, Inc. for the use of the latter's contact tracing app called "Traze."

In a statement Wednesday, the local government said the app is free to download via Google Playstore or the IOS app store and can be used by individuals, establishments, barangays, public transportation groups, and delivery services crew.

"We are rolling this out and pushing it through because we are having a hard time in the manual contact tracing,” Acosta said, adding that most Covid-19 patients usually do not provide the exact information enough for authorities to effectively trace recent exposures and contacts.

As of Oct. 13, Oroquieta City has 25 active Covid-19 cases, 23 recoveries, and one death.

As of Monday, health officials said at least 13 provincial and city government employees have been infected with Covid-19. (PNA)