Detainees in police stations undergo Covid-19 testing

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TO CHECK whether there has been a Covid-19 transmission in detention facilities in Cebu City, all the persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) in all 11 police stations will undergo testing for the viral respiratory disease.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has started conducting the rapid diagnostic test and pooled polymerase chain reaction test on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, EOC deputy chief implementer, said all the 316 PDLs—280 males and 36 females—must take the test for Covid-19 to ensure their safety.

As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, five PDLs had been tested positive for Covid-19.

Garganera said the five PDLs were supposed to be transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facilities; however, upon testing, these PDLs were found to be positive for the virus.

The Covid-19 positive PDLs are now in the isolation center of BJMP.

The EOC report states that 10.76 percent of Cebu City’s coronavirus infections came from Oct. 17 to 30

Garganera said the test results will come out within two days from the day of the testing; the test results will be analyzed in coordination with the Department of Health 7.

He said the EOC will use the results which will be gathered from the testing to know what interventions they can possibly implement.

“The results gathered will aid us with our next step toward making our facilities safer,” said Garganera. (JJL)