22 police trainees in Tacloban test positive for COVID-19

Published November 28, 2020, 10:25 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN CITY – After several months of staying coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-free, the Regional Training Center 8 has confirmed that 22 of its police trainees have tested positive for the disease.

After nine days of quarantine of a new batch of police recruits, five of them developed symptoms of COVID-19, and were immediately referred to undergo swab testing on November 11. Four of them tested positive for the virus. 

After contact tracing, it turned out that 19 of their close contacts yielded positive results, including a food server.

At least 94 more identified close contacts were immediately isolated, and were waiting for RT-PCR testing, while the rest of the RTC-8 personnel yielded negative results for the virus.

The training center has likewise undergone decontamination by the Tacloban City Fire Station to ensure the safety of the trainees and personnel in the training center.

Meanwhile, P/LtCol. Marlon Paiste, officer-in-charge of RTC 8, assured the families of the trainees that things were being managed inside the center. He added that they were strictly observing health protocols to contain the spread of the virus. 

“We are strictly adhering to the recommendations of the DOH-8, while the Regional Health Service 8 is always here to monitor the health of our trainees. Like everyone, we are also praying and hoping that this virus will be put to stop soon,” the official said.