SIRUMA, Camarines Sur---The municipal police station (MPS) here has been placed on lockdown since July 29, 2020 after the entire police force consisting of 23 police personnel were ordered to undergo 14 days quarntine, after Bicol # 339, a suspect arrested on July 8 for rape and detained at the police jail, tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Although all the 23 police personnel already tested negative for Covid-19, they were required to undergo the mandatory 14 days quarantine as ordered by the Siruma Rural Health Unit, the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (CSPPO) said.
Since July 29, the 23 police personnel are under quarantine at the Siruma Legislative Building and operation center of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
Col. Roderico Roy Jr., CSPPO director, said that he dispatched an augmentation force of 30 policemen from the Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) to maintain police presence in the town while its entire police force is under quarantine.
As of press time, the Siruma local government has yet to determine the history of exposure of the Bicol # 339, who is a fisherman from Brgy. Vito. He has no travel history from areas infected by Covid-19. He was brought to the Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital in Banasi, Bula on July 22 for treatment.
Meanwhile, the second Covid-19 patient from Siruma, identified as Bicol #408 was also confined at the provincial hospital after undergoing 13 days of stay in the town’s quarantine facility.
Bicol # 408 is a 23-years old construction worker, who has a travel history in Bulacan and Parañaque. He tested positive when subjected to rapid test in the border checkpoint in Del Gallego, Camarines Sur.
Siruma Mayor Karen Ramos-Polinga said that the close contacts of Bicol Patient # 408 will be tested on Aug. 7.