FIFTEEN police officers assigned in Tuburan town, northwestern Cebu have tested positive for Covid-19, forcing their superiors to disinfect the police station on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 and bring them to an isolation center.
Only one officer showed symptoms of the new coronavirus while the rest showed no symptoms.
The Tuburan Municipal Health Office has been conducting contact-tracing efforts to locate and test the police officers’ close contacts.
Police Regional Office 7 Director Albert Ignatius Ferro has ordered the Regional Health Service 7 to give vitamins to the personnel and monitor their physical condition for the duration of the quarantine, which is 14 days.
Most of the infected police officers had secured a cemetery in Tuburan during the observance of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, before one of them started feeling unwell.
Despite nearly half of the Tuburan police force being hit by Covid-19, Cebu Police Provincial Office Director Aladdin Collado did not place the Tuburan Police Station on lockdown.
The police station will return to normal operations after its disinfection, and the augmentation force from the provincial police headquarters will carry out the functions for the meantime while the remaining Tuburan police officers are waiting for the results of their swab tests.
Collado told the remaining police officers not to go out of the Tuburan Police Station while the results are not yet released.
In Lapu-Lapu City, four residents of Barangay Marigondon were found positive for Covid-19 during the city government’s ongoing mass testing in all 30 villages that started last Nov. 9.
These residents were the only ones who tested positive out of the 169 individuals who were swabbed, and they were immediately isolated after the results came out, according to Grace Mary Carungay, city epidemiological and surveillance officer.
In Barangay Pusok, all the 69 individuals who were tested yielded negative results.
The City Health Office already finished its testing of targeted individuals in BarangaysGun-ob, Pajo and Looc, but the results were not yet out.
The swab testing in Barangay Basak will end on Nov. 26. / GPL, BBT, AYB, GCM / KAL