18 PRO3 camp  cops catch virus

August 02, 2020

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Eighteen police officers and a civilian were found positive for COVID-19 on Saturday at this regional police camp.

This prompted Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3)  director Brig. Gen. Rhodel O. Sermonia to place this camp on temporary lockdown for contact tracing and sanitation.

“Our personnel including the civilian who have tested positive are now placed on strict quarantine and  monitoring and were immediately transferred to our quarantine facility.

“We are also conducting contact tracing  including all police officers and non-uniformed personnel inside the camp as well as the families of those infected,” Sermonia said.

Sermonia said  continuous swab testing is being carried out by the PNP Regional Health Service on personnel who are suspected to be infected with the virus and restrict non-essential personnel in the camp.

He urged everyone in Central Luzon to be wary of COVID-19 because the virus do not spare anyobody, including police officers and  frontliners. 

He said wearing of facemasks, proper hand sanitation and observance of social distancing are still the best way to avoid getting infected with the disease.

Camp Olivas is located San Fernando, Pampamga that  has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the province with 65 confirmed cases.

Pampanga has 312 COVID-19 cases as of August 1.