Over 400 inmates in Cebu City recover from COVID-19

More than 400 inmates at the Cebu City Jail who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have already recovered following interventions by the jail management and the Cebu City Government.

A total of 427 inmates at the Cebu City Jail tested positive for COVID-19.

The City Jail has not reported any new case for over a month now.

Cebu City Jail Warden Superintendent Julius Aro said the early detection, isolation, and treatment of those infected with the virus helped control the further spread of the infection.

“Almost 400 to ang amuang mga confirmed cases of COVID diri sa Cebu City Jail. So, after the period of two weeks or 21 days, na declare na sila sa DOH na clinically recovered,”

– Cebu City Jail Warden Superintendent Julius Aro

Aro said the City Government led by Mayor Edgar Labella provided help through measures and interventions for the sick inmates.

“The donations like alcohol, PPE, and other items that the City gave was a big help to us in addressing the problem. Dako usab ang natabang sa early monitoring sa cases sa city jail through the City Government. Dako sad og tabang ang pagpagawas og EO ni Mayor Labella nga ipa test ang mga incoming and outgoing PDL sa jail facility,”

Last April 27, Mayor Labella issued Executive Order No. 71 requiring all persons deprived of liberty (PDL) to undergo COVID-19 testing before admission into or release from the Cebu City Jail.

The latest case of COVID-19 in the city jail was recorded on June 12, 2020.

Last April 19, the Cebu City Jail under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Region 7 (BJMP) reported its first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case. Mayor Labella immediately instructed the City Health officers and doctors to conduct mass testing and contact tracing of inmates and jail personnel.

In just two weeks, the number of COVID-19 patients in the city jail reached more than 300 cases.

Inmates found positive for COVID-19 were immediately transferred to the jail’s new annex building that served as an isolation center.

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