Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III with Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager and Undersecretary Jose Arturo S. Garcia, Jr., spearheaded the COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) meeting with Marikina City’s Task Force COVID today. 
Mayor Marcelino Teodoro shared Marikina City’s response and challenges in its fight against COVID-19. He highlighted how their molecular and diagnostic laboratory, which was accredited by the DOH last April 20, helped increase their testing capacity. He also shared how the city  established their contact tracing measures, including the different ordinances and resolutions which the city council passed in conjunction with the national government imposed community quarantine. 
Duque, Garcia and DOH officials recommended ramp up efforts to mitigate localized transmission and expand their testing capacity. They also explained the protocols on patient admission and classification to assist the local response team in monitoring and handling cases. 
As of August 6, 2020, Marikina City has 1,100 active cases; 512 of which are mild, 52 are asymptomatic, 9 are severe, and 6 are critical. It has two (2) accredited RT-PCR hospitals, the Marikina Molecular and Diagnostic Laboratory and Amang Rodriguez Medical Center. 
“It is critical that our efforts against COVID-19 are aligned and in accordance with our existing policies. With these coordination meetings, we can check on the responses of our LGUs and provide the necessary technical assistance to ramp up theirlocaleffortsagainstCOVID-19,”the Health Chief said