TWENTY-three policemen assigned to the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company in Camp Narciso Ramos in Tayug tested positive of COVID-19.
In a joint statement last March 31, by Municipal Health Officer Ria Adora Loresto and Mayor Carlos Trece Mapili posted on the town’s official Facebook page, it said the infected cops “are not residents of the towns and did not go through regular health protocols being imposed by the municipal government and followed by its citizens”.
The members of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company may have been exposed to cases in neighboring provinces where they often operate. They had travel history outside Pangasinan.
Most of the infected personnel were asymptomatic while five showed mild symptoms like coughs, colds, and sore throat.
They were subjected to swab testing on March 26 by the Provincial Health Office inside the camp and the results were released on March 30.
Meanwhile, Dr. Anna de Guzman, provincial health officer said the 23 cases were part of the 94 new confirmed cases of Pangasinan as of March 30.
She said the 94 new confirmed cases in a single day cannot be considered as “an all-time high” in Pangasinan as there were previous 105 cases in previous months.
However she said she expects a surge since the province’s borders have opened two weeks ago.
“On March 17, Pangasinan only had 142 cases only but after that until March 31, there were additional 428 cases,” she said. Most of the cases involved frontline workers like the police. “Two jail officers were also infected with COVID-19 Tuesday, March 30, plus other policemen in Balungao and Calasiao, a soldier in Mangatarem town and a fireman.” De Guzman added. (Eva Visperas)
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