Escalera: 134 police officers have COVID-19

By John McPhaul

Puerto Rico Police Bureau (NPPR by its Spanish initials) Commissioner Henry Escalera Rivera on Monday announced updated data on COVID-19 cases in the agency.

At the moment, five barracks and work units are closed as a preventive measure, Escalera said. They are: Camuy District, Arecibo Area Homicide Division, Ceiba Maritime Division, Division of Special Arrests and Extraditions, Alcohol and Radar Unit in Bayamón.

Escalera said some 468 agents have been isolated as a preventive measure. Since the coronavirus pandemic emergency arose, 4,584 officers have returned to their duties.

Some 134 agents have currently reported positive results for COVID-19, according to the tests ordered and certified by Dr. María Del Carmen Calderón.

Agents assigned to neighboring barracks have been appointed to those affected to reinforce preventive patrolling and deal with reported complaints, Esalera said. In all barracks and closed units a decontamination and deep cleaning process is being conducted.

The reopening of the affected facilities will be announced shortly, in accordance with the recommendation of the medical staff, he said.