MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – The 95 residents and staff of the Bahay Tanglaw Pag-asa juvenile center here who contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have recovered after more than 14 days of quarantine.
Dr. Hjordis Marushka Celis, Provincial Health Officer II and chief of Bulacan Medical Center (BMC), said the facility for children in conflict with the law (CICL) has resumed operation after a clean bill of health was given to 80 of its residents aged 16-26 years old, nine social workers, and six jail guards.
The juvenile reformation and correctional facility, which is under the supervision of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), is located in Barangay Guinhawa here. It was placed under hard lockdown since the detained youths and staff tested positive one after another starting on March 26.
Retired Col. Marcos Rivero, Provincial Civil Security and Jail Management Office chief, also confirmed on Monday (April 26) that the six jail guards have tested negative for Covid-19 after undergoing quarantine.
The young patients from Bahay Tanglaw Pag-asa reportedly showed mild symptoms such as fever, while the guards and social workers from the PSWDO were asymptomatic, Celis said.
The infection was believed to have started after a PSWDO staff went to a birthday party before escorting a resident of the juvenile facility to a court hearing. The virus then quickly spread inside Bahay Tanglaw.
Bulacan Governor Daniel R. Fernando continuously reminds his fellow Bulakenyos to stay home if they have nothing important to do outside and to strictly follow the minimum health standards including social distancing and the wearing of face masks and face shields. (RONDA BALITA Online)