Legazpi City police suspends station services due to COVID-19 threat

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – The Legazpi City Police Station (LCPS) here has suspended the issuance of police clearances and travel authorities, and other services after some officers and personnel were exposed to a person deprived of liberty (PDL) who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Legazpi City Police Station (Photo by Emmanuel Solis via PNA)

In an interview Thursday, City Police Chief Col. Aldwin Gamboa said they will undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on Friday while being quarantined.

“More than 20 officers and personnel of LCPS have been isolated and quarantined as part of the health protocol imposed to observe symptoms of COVID-19,” Gamboa said.

He added that residents who need police assistance, and those who may need to make transactions with the police can go to the five Community Police Assistance Centers (CPACs) in the city.

Meanwhile, Mayor Noel Rosal expressed optimism that Legazpi will soon be able to flatten the curve, noting that the spread of COVID-19 was being slowly controlled.

"All the 70 villages of this city have no recorded 'Red Code' or barangay with six and above active COVID-19,” Rosal said.

He also reminded the residents that all the public and private cemeteries will be open for visitation from October 1 until 28.

The areas will be closed from October 29 until November 4 to prevent mass gatherings in connection with the celebration of All Saints' and All Souls' Days.

Legazpi City has 228 recoveries out of the 296 confirmed coronavirus patients, with 55 active cases and 13 deaths.