Baguio City Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2020 09:57 PM

BAGUIO CITY--A 25-year old man detained at the local jail on allegations he violated the liquor ban on May 28 tested positive for COVID-19.

The local Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said persons who are being committed to the facility are required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

“Du'n sa rapid niya, it turned out negative, but doon sa swab test niya it turned out positive although asymptomatic siya,” said Chief Inspector Paul Balag-ey, BJMP Baguio’s warden.

Upon receiving the results on the night of May 31, the patient was immediately brought to the hospital. He was also isolated from other inmates while waiting for the laboratory findings.

Health authorities took swab samples of 84 inmates and BJMP personnel.

“That’s a precaution kasi kahit papaano ma-assure natin, ma-test lahat sila para masigurado. Mas maraming ma-test, mas-sigurado,” Baleg-ey added.

The jail’s facilities are now undergoing regular disinfection.

Balag-ey said all inmates are no longer allowed to go out of their detention cells during meals. Food is being brought to them by the staff who are required to wear personal protective equipment.

As of writing, the city government already recorded 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Baguio. One died while 29 have already recovered from the illness.