THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) lost two members to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
The police officers, aged 29 and 46, died two hours apart in separate hospitals in Cebu City: one died at 1 a.m. in a private hospital while the other died at 3 a.m. in a government hospital.
Col. Cydric Earl Tamayo, officer in charge of the CCPO, said one of the victims was assigned to the Abellana Police Station but was detailed at the crime laboratory, while the other was assigned to the Crisis Response Battalion (CRB).
Tamayo said the police officer from Abellana Police Station was admitted to a private hospital last June 4 due to fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, dizziness and nausea. He was swabbed and tested positive for Covid-19.
The police officer assigned to the CRB was admitted to a government hospital last June 7 after he figured in a motorcycle incident. He was swabbed the following day. The positive result wasn’t released until June 10.
Tamayo said the CRB officer had been tested before his accident. He was tested again after he was admitted to the government hospital.
The bodies of the police officers will be cremated within 12 hours after death.
Tamayo said the CCPO will extend assistance to the police officers’ families.
Last June 8, a police officer assigned to the Cordova Police Station also tested positive for Covid-19 along with nine detainees.
Cordova Police Station Chief Lt. Jan Ace Layug believed that a sick detainee who was brought to a government hospital in Cebu City for treatment last May was patient zero.
The detainee, after receiving treatment, tested positive for Covid-19. He remains in isolation.
The police station has 160 detainees, who are mostly facing drug cases. Only 93 detainees and 26 police officers, including Layug, underwent the rapid antibody testing on June 8.
Results were released on July 9 with antibodies found in four police officers and 10 detainees. After they were swabbed, results showed that only one officer and nine detainees had Covid-19.
Layug said not all detainees underwent the rapid testing due to the shortage of kits.
Layug said the Covid-19 positive detainees were taken to the isolation center at the Cordova Community Hospital in Barangay Pilipog.
The police officer, a 28-year-old patrolman, was transferred to the isolation center of the Police Regional Office 7 at the Don Vicente Rama National High School in Cebu City. (AYB, GPL, BBT, KAL)