Central Luzon police camp locked down after 18 cops contract coronavirus

The headquarters of the Police Regional Office 3 - Central Luzon (PRO3) was placed on lockdown on Saturday evening, August 1, after 18 policemen and a civilian tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

In a statement to local media, PRO3 director Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia said the cops stationed in Camp Julian Olivas in the City of San Fernando and the civilian residing inside the camp underwent swab tests on July 27.

The results of their RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) which confirmed they were positive for the coronavirus were released on August 1. Most of them were asymptomatic, or did not show symptoms of the COVID-19.

"Our personnel including the civilian who have tested positive are now placed on strict quarantine and monitoring and are immediately transferred to our quarantine facility, we are also establishing the contact tracing including all our PNP and Non-uniformed personnel inside the camp as well as the families of those infected,” Sermonia said.

The PRO3 director said that Camp Julian Olivas was "temporarily placed on lockdown to pave way for the disinfection of camp facilities and restrict non-essential personnel.”

He appealed to the public to continue observing the required health protocols like wearing of face masks, observing physical distancing and frequent hand washing or sanitizing, as COVID-19 can infect anyone.

As of August 1, Pampanga has 312 COVID-19 cases, 125 of them still are active cases.

The City of San Fernando has 65 novel coronavirus cases – the highest in Pampanga with 43 active cases, 21 recoveries and 1 death. – Rappler.com