Entire municipal station in Aurora under strict monitoring after cop tests positive for COVID-19

Published January 21, 2021, 10:16 AM

by Ariel Avendaño

CAMP VICTOR RAVINA, Baler, Aurora – The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRMO) has placed the entire Baler Municipal Police Station (BMPS) under strict monitoring after a newly promoted police non-commissioned officer (PNCO) assigned in this capital town has tested positive of the coronavirus disease-19 (Covid-19).

The tightly-guarded Baler Aurora Police Station where contacts of the lone cop who tested positive for COVID-19 underwent RT-PCR testing. (Baler MPS/Ariel P. Avendaño)

Hector dela Torre, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRMO) told the Manila Bulletin that the policeman has been immediately placed under 14-days quarantine isolation protocols since testing positive on Jan. 19.

“Those who have first and second generation contacts with the cop were already sent to separate quarantine facilities,” said dela Torre.

Provincial police director Col. Raul Siriban has ordered all police units including himself and provincial headquarters staff to undergo mandatory swab testing after admitting that he personally officiated the pinning of the 90 newly promoted police non-commissioned officers (PNCO) during a flag-raising rites at camp’s headquarters on Friday (Jan. 15) which also included the infected cop.

“Meron pong apat na PNCO na ako ang naglagay ng pin, pero hindi ko alam kung kabilang siya doon” (There were 4 PNCOs that that I officiated the pinning and I was not aware if he was one among them), adding that, “iniutos ko na pong i- disinfect lahat ng mga police stations pati na ang ating kampo,” said Siriban.

Siriban however assured that daily routine work in the station, including clearance processing and patrolling, has not been hampered.

Siriban added that personnel from the provincial police headquarters have already augmented the BMPS.

He disclosed that the latest patient who was tested positive was a policeman form the town’s western village.

Dela Torre meantime said that there were around 100 policemen that underwent RT-PCR in January 19 while 15 civilians who were all consider as “first generation” contacts, [close family members], have underwent swab testing on January 20, 2021.

Engineer Leandro Dungca, acting Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRRMO, said that the cop’s virus infection brought to 89 the total recorded number of cases in Aurora. Of the figure, 87 patients have fully recovered, with only one fatality. The latest lone active case for now was the newly promoted police.