Opao Police Station reports 5 more Covid-19 cases

THE lockdown of the Opao Police Station in Mandaue City will be extended after another five confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported by the station.

On June 11, 2020, the station was placed on lockdown after a person under police custody (PUPC) who was subject for release, tested positive for Covid-19.

The station now has a total of six confirmed Covid-19 positives.

PMaj. Mercy Villaro, the information officer of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), said that of the five additional Covid-19 positives, three are police personnel and two are PUPCs.

The three police personnel are the first few positive cases in the MCPO and one of them is the desk officer at the station.

The three are isolated at the Mandaue City Central Isolation Unit (MCCIU).

Since the three were admitted to the facility, they have not yet manifested any symptoms.

The first Covid-19-positive PUPC of the station was also admitted at the MCCIU after he posted bail.

The other two Covid-19-positive PUPCs were handed over to the custody of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) after the commitment order was released.

Villaro said they’re still swab-testing the close contacts of those who are Covid-19-positive.

As the Opao Police Station is still under lockdown, Villaro said the other stations will be the ones to respond to any incident that happens within its jurisdiction.

Villaro said that the MCPO headquarters will not allow any visit from police personnel and inquiries and transactions will be done through email and any other mode of communication.

Meanwhile, one employee of the Mandaue City Administrator’s Office also tested positive for Covid-19 on June 21.

In a Facebook post, City Administrator Jamaal Calipayan said the employee has been in strict home quarantine since the swab test was conducted on June 16.

The employee has been transferred to the MCCIU and remains asymptomatic.

All the employees of the City Administrator Office including Calipayan are considered as first-generation contacts and have undergone strict home isolation for 14 days in compliance with the existing protocol.

Once the employees show Covid-19 symptoms after home isolation, they will undergo RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) swab test and medical interventions will follow.

The second-generation contacts or the close contacts of the first-generation employees are advised to take precautionary measures and follow minimum health standards.

Moreover, the City Administrator’s Office will designate an officer-in-charge and a skeletal receiving section.

The usual processes of the office shall be halted momentarily until they will be advised by the proper authorities to return to work. (KFD)