Jail officer catches virus, under home quarantine

March 30, 2020

THE Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) announced Monday afternoon that one of its personnel has tested positive for COVID 19.

According to BJMP Spokesperson Chief Insp. Xavier Solda, the COVID-positive is a female paralegal officer assigned at the Quezon City Jail Male Dormitory.

She was on a work-at-home status since March 21 which is allowed under the bureau’s set up being at the paralegal unit whose job is basically to monitor cases of PDL before the court.

Besides, she was allowed to work at home during the jail lockdown because she has a pre-medical condition having asthma, hypertension, and diabetes.

Solda said that after visiting the patient at her hospital bed, the BJMP immediately implemented its protocol by placing the COVID-positive under strict home quarantine as per doctors’ advice.

The bureaum he added, had also conducted contract tracing among the staff the last time she visited the QC jail facility.

All personnel she interacted with were advised by doctors to observe home quarantine.

“Being strict in implementing precautionary measures to protect our jails and offices from COVID 19 does not mean that we are not mindful of our personnel working from their homes,” the BJMP official added.

The BJMP said it keeps on reminding the officers and personnel to be more cautious and vigilant to protect themselves from the virus.

“This is to reiterate also to our personnel: bawal magrelax. Sumunod kayo sa mga direktiba ng pamahalaan at sa mga advisories na ipinalalabas ng ating ahensiya upang maprotektahan kayo, ang mga PDL na nasa ating pangangalaga, pati na ang ating mga pasilidad,” Solda said.

Currently, the management of the facility is providing assistance until the patient fully recovers from the disease.