By Marisol Bo-oc | 02:02 PM July 06, 2020
The Carmen Police Station has been placed under “lockdown” following the death of their chief who succumbed to death due to respiratory ailment.
Police Major Norman Nuez, chief of provincial operations and management office at the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO), said the preventive isolation started last Saturday, July 4.
He said 30 personnel of the Carmen Police Station were quarantined at the police station. Two civilian drivers and eight detainees were also quarantined.
The BPPO deployed 18 policemen to augment the Carmen police force.
He said these police officers came from adjacent towns and the Provincial Mobile Force Company.
They are operating at Carmen’s Old Rural Health Office building.
Police Major Jodel Torregosa died following an asthma attack on early Saturday.
This information was relayed to the public by Gov. Arthur C. Yap last Saturday, who said that Torregosa died of “severe asthmatic attack” at his residence in Buenavista town.
He was immediately brought to Francisco Dagohoy Memorial Hospital in Inabanga for treatment but pronounced dead on arrival.
The governor said that a post mortem swab sample was taken and sent to Cebu for confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to determine whether he is infected with the COVID-19 or not.
“Usa kini ka proseso nga atong gipahigayon tungod kay dili ta angay mokumpyansa maski ug adunay asthma o hubak daan ang pasyente labi na kay usa siya sa atong mga frontliners, ” Yap said in a Facebook post.
The police chief’s family has also been placed under lockdown in Buenavista town as a matter of policy and safety.
“Tuguti ko nga itunol ang akong kinasing-kasing nga pahasubo ngadto sa pamilya sa Pulis. Dako ang natabang niya sa atong pakigbatok sa COVID19 ug sa pag-maintain sa kahusay ug kalinaw sa Bohol, usa siya ka Bayani sa atong lalawigan. Daghang salamat,” the governor said.
The police and military have been in the front line of the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease as they man checkpoints to ensure enforcement of quarantine measures.