Volunteers deployed at control room
Jamshedpur, May 25: Several neighbourhoods in the city at Baridih and Sidhgora, which had managed to stave off coronavirus for the past 50 days, are now on the city’s containment-zone map with fresh cases being reported from them. Three positive cases of coronavirus have been reported at Baridih and one at Sidhgora.
Areas under Vidhyapati Nagar of Baridih have been barricaded at the entry points to keep outsiders away. The cases reported from Sidhgora and Baridih located in the eastern fringe of the city where the administration has set up three containment zones, leading the total number of containment zones to four in the city and sixth in the East Singhbhum district.
Earlier, one containment zone had been set up at the densely-populated area in Govindpur, a city suburb and two containment zones in Chakulia in Ghatshila sub-division of the district.
According to sources in the district administration, all the three persons, which included two women were in home quarantine.
An official said that it is a strategy on part of the district administration to scale down restrictions in parts of the city where the caseload is low but also, simultaneously, sealing areas that are assessed as potential Covid-clusters.
“It is clear that Covid-19 is going to stay and the lockdown cannot be imposed indefinitely. So, regular assessment of the containment zones and other high caseload areas which can potentially qualify to be sealed as containment zones is a good strategy,” he said.
Meanwhile, one coronavirus positive patient is a 30-year-old woman and is wife of a Jharkhand Armed Police (JAP) jawan. The woman returned from Arah district of Bihar and started living in the JAP – VI camp area before she was put in the home quarantine. Thus administration turned the entire JAP-VI in Sidhgora area into a containment zone.
While one of the coronavirus positives was a 24-year-old girl who had returned home at Bidhyapati Nagar in Baridih from Calcutta. As she had moved in the neighbourhood before being put in the home quarantine, the health department has set up a containment zone.
“ We have put barricades so that people do not venture out. The essential commodities are being supplied to them. For scaling down containment efforts, it is mandatory that no case is recorded in a containment zone for at least 28 days. Even if one case comes up on the 27th day, the counting begins afresh,” said SDO Chandan Kumar.
Containment zones are barricaded areas where residents are not allowed to move out, they are subjected to regular screening and community testing for people with symptoms, high contact tracing, regular sanitisation, door-to-door health checks and doorstep delivery of essential goods, even as the rest of the city witnesses phased revival of business and commerce activities.
“A team of volunteers on roster basis are deployed at the control room. A four-member team comprising health professionals and teachers have been deployed on roster basis 24×7 and any residing member of the containment zones can call the control room to get the essential goods delivered at their houses,” said the official.