18 inmates, 3 jail guards, 1 nurse at the Bulacan Provincial Jail tested positive for COVID-19

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File photo of Bulacan Provincial Jail inside the Capitol Compound in the City of Malolos.

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – A total of 18 inmates, three jail guards and a nurse at the Bulacan Provincial Jail have tested positive for COVID-19, the provincial public affairs office of Bulacan reported.

Ret. Col. Fernando Villanueva, head of the Provincial Civil Security and Jail Management Office on Thursday (July 23) said he has ordered a no visitor policy until further notice at the jail facility to prevent further spreading of the virus and disinfection, quarantine protocols and contact tracing were immediately implemented.

The 18 persons deprived of liberties were isolated in one of the jail cells while the three jail guards were placed under quarantine at the Governance Building inside the Capitol compound in Malolos, said retired Col. Marcos Rivero, provincial jail warden of Bulacan.

“Thirty of the 71 jail guards of the Provincial Jail were scheduled to take swab tests on Thursday,” Marcos added.

Meanwhile, Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando ordered immediately for the disinfections of different offices around the Capitol Compound to prevent the spread of the viral disease.

Dra. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Provincial Health Officer II, said that rumors about the lockdown in Bulacan Dialysis Center is not true but only closed for two days to give way for proper disinfection.

Moreover, Atty. Kristine Kay S. David-Manuel, officer-in-charge of the Public Attorney’s Office, said that lawyers and staff in PAO who may have been exposed to the virus and tested positive using rapid test are now cleared after receiving the negative result of the swab testing.

In addition, Dr. Jocelyn Gomez, head of the Provincial Health Office-Public Health, said as of the moment, an employee of the PHO-PH who showed mild symptoms and tested positive of the virus is already under quarantine. (RONDA BALITA Online)

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