Fifty-one of the 82 new COVID-19 positive cops of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) were deployed to the security team during the sixth state of the nation address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (July 26).
According to QCPD Director Police BGen. Antonio Yarra, the concerned cops were among the 161 cops of the Station 3 Talipapa Station who had their RT-PCR Test on July 23, in which results were released only on Tuesday (July 27).
The 51 cops were assigned at the SONA’s route security along the Commonwealth Avenue and Civil Disturbance Management Team at the U.P. Techno Hub on Monday.
“Ninety percent of our personnel were already fully vaccinated and we ensured for deployment during SONA,” Yarra argued.
“They are 100 percent healthy and they are not showing any symptoms for the COVID virus and most of them are fully vaccinated,” he added.
At present, the COVID-positive cops were all quarantined at the HOPE facility in Quezon City.
The QCPD, however, still has no report if the cops were infected with the more infectious Delta variant.
The QCPD chief also confirmed that they are currently conducting intensified contact tracing efforts to trace those who had close contact with the COVID-positive cops.
“Yung contact tracing hindi naman nagmamadali. Ang importante diyan accurate ang magiging result. So wala naman tayong sinet na timeline. Ang importante yung contact tracing at makakuha tayo ng courses of action to contain the spread of COVID in PS3 contact tracing hindi minamadali, accurate,” Yarra said.
Meanwhile, the infected cops will temporarily be replaced so that operations at the Talipapa Station 3 will not be hampered.
Yarra asked the public to refrain from going to QCPD Station 3 while disinfection is being done within its premises. –MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)