NOCPPO reboots COVID contact tracing team
Under DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-073,which provides the “Guidelines for the Conduct of Expanded TestingProcedures for COVID-19”, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will lead thecontract tracing. They are joined by personnel from the ProvincialIntelligence Unit and police nurses assigned at NOCPPO headquarters.The team is coordinating closely with the Provincial Health Office for themaximum and timely sharing of information.All city and municipal police stations in this province are also tasked toorganize their own contract tracing teams. As of April 26, Negros Occidental has four confirmed COVID-19 cases.Patient No. 1, a 41-year-old woman from E.B. Magalona town has already recovered,while Patient No. 2, a 43-year-old man from La Castellana town, is currentlyunder quarantine at a patient care center. Patient No. 3 is a 38-year-old man who traveled from The Netherlands andarrived in the country on March 24. He is a resident of Silay City.Patient No. 4, a 41-year-old man, arrived in the country from Finland on March17. He is from Candoni town.(With areport from PNA/PN) Health care personnel, including police nurses, work at the Provincial Quarantine Facility in Barangay Sto. Niňo, E.B Magalona Negros Occidental. It is where some people who possibly contracted coronavirus disease 2019 undergo mandatory quarantine. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL POLICE PROVINCIAL OFFICE BACOLOD City – For a more systematic andcomprehensive work of locating possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)cases in this province, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO)has strengthened the composition of its contract tracing team.NOCPPO public information officer Major Edison Garcia said that they havereorganized the team on April 23 based on the directive of the Department ofthe Interior Local Government (DILG). The Provincial Contact Tracing Team –comprised of eight members – is led by an investigator from the NOCPPOProvincial Investigation and Detection Unit and assisted by a member of theCriminal Investigation and Detection Group-Negros Occidental.