ANOTHER member of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has died from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
He is the fourth police personnel to die from the disease in one week.
According to Col. Cydric Earl Tamayo, CCPO officer in charge, the patient died past 9 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2020, in a hospital after several days of confinement.
“He died last night before I was informed. But we still have to confirm if he died because of Covid-19 although the reason he was in the hospital was because he tested positive for the disease,” Tamayo told Superbalita Cebu on Saturday, June 20.
He said the patient’s death certificate confirmed that the latter had community acquired pneumonia, high risk with hypoxemia, Covid-19 and critical positive.
The patient’s body was cremated Saturday afternoon, in accordance with Covid-19 health protocol.
Tamayo said the fatality was an investigator at the Investigation and Detection Management Branch.
The policeman was brought to the hospital on June 10 after he experienced trouble breathing. He also suffered from cough and other Covid-19-related symptoms.
He was swabbed and the result that he was positive of Covid-19 came out on June 13.
Tamayo said the CCPO will help shoulder his hospital expenses and extend financial help to the victim’s family.
Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, director of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7), also extended his condolences to the victim’s family.
“I was so sad because I know he was a good guy. It’s unfortunate that this pandemic happened during this time. It’s so treacherous,” Ferro said.
However, the death of another policeman will not stop them from doing their duties, Ferro said.
He said police personnel who are deployed on the streets must avoid exposure in areas with many Covid-19 cases. They must wear face masks and face shields and use other protective measures while conducting their duties, he said.
“We will still be working as your protectors, as your maintainer on the peace and order in the region, especially in Cebu,” Ferro said.
Since Cebu City reverted to enhanced community quarantine, they will strictly enforce security and health protocol, he added.
Last Sunday, June 14, two CCPO members died hours apart.
The 29-year-old and 46-year-old police officers who tested positive for Covid-19 succumbed to the disease while inside a private hospital.
A 45-year-policeman from Talisay City, who was assigned to the PRO 7 and was based in Cebu City, died at the Talisay District Hospital where he was brought on Thursday, June 18, after he had trouble breathing and he was already weak.
Meanwhile, the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) recorded 126 new Covid-19 cases, 26 new laboratory-negative and nine new deaths on Saturday, June 20.
The new cases are from Barangays Apas (four), Bacayan (two), Basak Pardo (one), Basak San Nicolas (seven), Luz (two), Buhisan (two), Bulacao (three), Calamba (three), Camputhaw (five), Capitol Site (four), Carreta (three), Cogon Pardo (five), Day-as (one), Duljo Fatima (one), Ermita (one), Guadalupe (nine), Inayawan (two), Kalunasan (seven), Kinasang-an (five), Labangon (four), Lahug (nine), Lorega (two), Mabolo (five), Mambaling (one), Pahina San Nicolas (one), Pahina Central (two), Pardo (four), Punta Princesa (two), Sambag 1 (seven), Sambag 2 (two), San Jose (one), San Nicolas Proper (one), San Roque (two), Sawang Calero (one), Sta. Cruz (one), Sto. Niño (one), T. Padilla (one), Tejero (two), Tinago (one), Tisa (eight) and Toong (one).
The 26 new laboratory-negative cases were recorded in Barangays Camputhaw (five), Basak San Nicolas (14), Luz (one), Guadalupe (one), Inayawan (three), Quiot (one) and Sapangdaku (one).
The nine new reported deaths were from Barangays Banilad (one, on June 18); Calamba (one, on June 3); Pulangbato (one, on June 14); Punta Princesa (one, on June 15); Sambag one (two, on May 26 and June 4); Sambag 2 (one, on May 4); San Nicolas Proper (one, on June 15); and Suba (one, on May 22).
The CHD explained the delay in reporting of deaths was due to late submission of death certificates.
“Submission of death certificates from hospitals to our office may sometimes not be on time as their death certificates are sometimes put on hold because of delay in the payment of bills,” the CHD wrote on its Facebook page.
Cebu City has 4,364 Covid-19 positive patients with 2,092 laboratory-negative and 73 mortalities.
It has 2,199 active cases. (BBT, JJL / PJB)