TWELVE frontline personnel of the Land Transportation Office Central Visayas (LTO 7) tested positive for Covid-19 in a rapid test.
LTO 7 Director Victor Caindec announced this via Facebook Live, Friday morning, June 19, 2020, as he appealed to the public to obey the prescribed health protocol amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are telling you this to help you understand the consequences if we do not cooperate with one another during this crisis,” Caindec said.
He said their office employees are now in isolation while waiting for the official result of their confirmatory tests.
The rapid test determines the presence of antibodies in an individual’s blood taken from his vein. These antibodies indicate whether one has been exposed to a past or recent infection or is a carrier himself. Those who test positive will then undergo a confirmatory test (RT-Polymerase Chain Reaction) to check the presence or absence of the coronavirus.
Caindec said all of their frontline personnel underwent home quarantine before they reported back to work in Cebu City and Talisay City, which was placed under general community quarantine on June 1.
However, the LTO 7 decided to have its offices in Cebu City and Talisay City closed when Cebu City was placed back to enhanced community quarantine on June 16. It also subjected its personnel to a rapid test.
Caindec said their offices in Mandaue City are also closed from June 17 to 21 to give way to disinfection.
He, however, said the renewal of registration for those in Cebu City and whose registration expired on the third week of March, April, May and June, should not be a concern.
He said they are given until July 30 or 60 days from June 1 when they initially open for the extension of renewal.
Meanwhile, the second floor of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) at Camp Sotero Cabahug was placed on lockdown after 25 police personnel were found to be positive for Covid-19 during a rapid test.
Police Col. Cedric Earl Tamayo, acting CCPO director, said the 25 personnel were immediately tested and isolated after a police official assigned on their floor was found positive for Covid-19 during a swab test.
The 25 police personnel and the police official are now in isolation.
Health personnel have also started conducting contact tracing on the 25 police personnels’ close contacts so that they can be tested and isolated as well.
Tamayo said they decided to lock down the CCPO’s second floor as 14 police personnel were in close contact with the 25 who tested positive during the rapid test.
The 14 police personnel are now in isolation in an adjacent floor of the building.
Despite the lockdown, Tamayo assured their usual transactions will continue such as the issuance of police clearance, but their clients must observe strict social distancing. (WBS, BBT)