University of the Philippines Cebu develops CoVcheck for Visayans

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UP Cebu CoVcheck
UP Cebu’s fire hazard mapping team project has been transformed into a COVID-19 mapping app. Photo from UP Cebu Facebook.

The University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) has developed a web-based application called CoVcheck to collect useful data from COVID-19 cases or potential cases of infection.

The application was developed by UP Cebu and the FireCheck Project team to help local government units (LGUs) and concerned agencies determine what appropriate action must be done to provide for the community’s needs with the collected data about the coronavirus disease infection in the Visayas.

The collected data can be used by LGUs “to plan and execute localized, ad hoc measures to control or contain transmission or support the affected communities.”

The team said CoVcheck will also serve as a hub for disseminating information to concerned communities and several other future interactions with response units.

The award-winning FireCheck Project team announced on March 26, 2020, the development of its fire hazard system into the CoVcheck to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoVcheck is an application developed to collect data from COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy of CoVcheck.

The CoVcheck platform includes the following functions:

Reporting of Potential Infection (Self or others)

Users are encouraged to report potentially infected relatives or neighbors. The LGUs are then given an overview of locations with infection and allow them to plan for safety actions and solutions.

Self-assessment

Users can take the self-assessment checklist to find out if they need medical attention and reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital.

Announcements and Help Guides

The app provides curated information and filters out misinformation.

Viewing of Reports (Summary and Details)

LGUs and other agencies will be provided with detailed and summarized views of the collected data in real-time using heat maps, graphs, or similar reports.

Management of Self-Reports (Update, Delete or Respond)

The local government will be allowed to retrieve and update the reports collected such as when the status of the constituent progresses or a specific response has been activated.

CoVcheck added a data dashboard on April 30 that provides for a quicker way to gain insights and have a clearer view of cases, reports, and more, at a glance.

The FireCheck fire hazard mapping helps Lapu Lapu City firemen prevent uncontrolled widespread fires, especially in high-density communities.

UP Cebu’s five-minute video “Puso” took home an international award from the 5th QS-Maple Professional Leaders in Education Conference and Exhibit.

University of the Philippines Visayas School of Technology (UPV-SoTech) took the lead in developing a sugar byproduct into alcohol for donation to hospitals and frontliners and for public sanitation.

Stranded dorm students in UP Visayas had also used their time to create face shields for frontliners in Iloilo.

With reports from Blesilda De La Cruz and Angie Quadra-Balibay.

CHECK OUT the CoVcheck platform here and help in the collection of useful data about COVID-19 in the Visayas.

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