Close to 400 police agents in quarantine after Coronavirus exposure

By The Star Staff

Puerto Rico Police Bureau (NPPR by its Spanish initials) Commissioner Henry Escalera Rivera on Sunday announced updated data on the status of COVID-19 cases in police stations and personnel.

At press time Sunday, seven police stations and work units were closed as pre-emptive measures, Escalera Rivera said in a written statement.

They were the following: San Juan Athletic League Division, San Juan Community Relations Office, Cybernetic Crimes Division, Legal Affairs Division, Guayama District Police Station, Bayamón North Police Station, and San Juan Precinct Police Station.

In total, 379 agents are isolated as a pre-emptive measure. Since the emergency began, 2,301 agents have reincorporated to their workplace. Recently, 23 agents have reported positive COVID-19 results test results, according to tests ordered and certified by NPPR physician María del Carmen Calderón.

The following is a breakdown of positive cases as of last Friday, July 17: Ponce Aerial Unit 1, Airport 1, Caimito 1, Aguadilla CIC 1, Carolina CIC 1, Fajardo CIC 1, Ponce Command 1, Comerío 1, Culebra 1, Caguas District 1, FURA 2 (includes SWAT), Humacao 1, Legal Affairs Office 1, Guayama Highway Patrol 1, San Juan Community Relations 5, Yabucoa 1 and Yauco 2.

The NPPR commissioner said agents assigned to the affected neighborhood police stations have been designated to reinforce the preventive patrol and handle complaints that are being reported.

“Since the beginning of the emergency, we have taken the necessary measures so that our personnel have the required protection equipment, including face masks, gloves and disinfecting solution,” Escalera said. “We are working on a decontamination and deep-cleaning procedure in all of the closed police stations and work units to safeguard our colleagues’ health. Once the medical team certifies that our personnel can resume work, the reopening of the police stations will be announced.”

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