32 more police trainees test positive for COVID-19 in Baguio City

Published October 4, 2020, 8:18 AM

by Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – Another batch of 32 police trainees tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here, boosting the number of infected aspiring cops to 65 on Saturday, October 3.

Mayor Benjie Magalong said the trainees, along with the 33 others detected as COVID-19 positive as of September 28, have been staying in their barracks in Lower Lourdes Subdivision.

He said early detection was important not only in preventing transmission of the virus, but also in the management of the patient.

Of the 65 new cases, 60 were contacts of current cases, four were target tested, one was symptomatic and one tested for travel purposes.

There were also 22 recoveries and two fatalities on Saturday, The death toll in the city due to COVID-19 is now at 16.

The first fatality was a 34-year old female, who was admitted on September 30, and confirmed COVID-positive on October 1, and died on the same day. She had multiple illnesses, including heart disease, hypothyroidism and obstructive sleep apnea.

The second was a 68-year old female, who was admitted for coughs September 21, confirmed positive on September 22, and expired on October 2. She had hypertension and diabetes. 

Magalong said the city remained in complete control of the COVID-19 situation despite the sharp increase in the number of cases in the past ten days.

Magalong assured residents there was no need to worry because the city has a good grasp of the ground situation.

“I can say that we are okay and even better off because we are aware of our situation and we know what is happening on the ground. We know where our cases are coming from because most of them resulted from expanded testing and contact tracing. Random cases were few and are being tracked immediately. We are in the right direction,” the mayor said.

He said the city still had high testing rate and contact tracing efficiency ratio, and is focused on managing the situation through all control measures pursuant to the PDITR (Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate) strategies embodied in the National Action Plan 2.