CCPO records new COVID case after 5 months

Published January 21, 2021, 3:39 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) recorded another case of COVID-19, the first after almost five months.

A female police officer was the latest to be tested positive for the virus and was already isolated, said Police Col. Joselino Ligan, chief of the CPPO.

She is the first COVID-19 case in CCPO since the police headquarters became COVID-19 free last Aug. 26.

Before the CCPO became COVID-19-free, 113 police officers were infected with the virus with two succumbing to the disease.

Ligan said the patient was one of the 200 police officers who were deployed at the Pilgrim Center of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño de Cebu to secure the nine-day novena Masses of the recently concluded Fiesta Señor.

Ligan said that the policewoman was only deployed at the Basilica after the physical masses were cancelled.

She showed COVID-19 symptoms last Jan. 18 and was immediately tested.

She was immediately brought to a quarantine facility after it was confirmed that she was positive for the virus the following day.

“Contact tracing has been conducted. The people, her family members and co-workers, who got in contact with the officer will undergo swab tests,” said Ligan.

 The city, which is still under the modified general community quarantine, has been experiencing a surge of COVID-19 cases in the past days.

Last Wednesday, 60 new cases were added to the list, raising the active cases to 689.