ALL jail facilities in Northern Mindanao under the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) are now in total lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) among the jail personnel and inmates, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Arnel Agabe said.
Agabe said that with the lockdown imposed, no visitors are allowed to enter the premises of any jail facility and changing of the jail guards will be done every 21 days.
The general inmate population and the jail personnel were placed in different locations to prevent local transmission from happening inside jail facilities, according to Agabe.
Newly committed persons deprived of liberty (PDLs), on the other hand, will undergo the 14-day quarantine first and will be swabbed after.
As of October 24, the number of coronavirus-positive inmates in Cagayan de Oro has reached at least 119. A jail officer has also tested positive for Covid-19.
Dr. Ted Yu of the City Health Office said that from August to September, 219 male inmates underwent the RT-PCR test with only one person tested positive for the virus. The said inmate was swabbed again after 14 days and the result came out negative.
All of the 219 inmates, Yu added, are already in the general jail.
From October 1 to 19, a total of 221 male PDLs were tested and 112 tested positive while 109 tested negative.
Yu said 13 of the 112 coronavirus-positive inmates were reswabbed and the result came out negative. At present, 98 male PDLs are still positive for the virus, but all of them are asymptomatic.
Meanwhile, from August to September 11, Yu said a total of 11 female inmates underwent RT-PCR testing, one of whom tested positive. After 14 days, she was swabbed again and the result came out negative.
All of the 11 female inmates are now at the general jail.
From October 1 to 19, 14 female PDLs were tested and five came out positive for coronavirus and nine were negative.
On October 26, the City Health Office reported 41 more inmates, including a female, who tested positive for Covid-19.