COVID-19 penetrates Fort Gregorio Del Pilar despite stringent protocols

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Despite a strict COVID-19 protocol in place at Fort Gregorio del Pilar, where the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is housed, the fatal virus has made its way into the PMA’s revered halls.

According to the Baguio City Health Services Office’s daily COVID-19 monitoring bulletin on December 31, 2020, 14 of the total COVID-19 positive cases recorded that day were from Fort del Pilar, with ages ranging from 19 to 24 years old, with one being 39 years old. They’re all men, and the majority of them were part of extended testing, with the exception of the 39-year-old, who was part of a contact tracing.

On January 1, another 24 Fort del Pilar residents were added to the list of COVID-19 positive cases. Four of the men were between the ages of 30 and 59 years old. The others are between the ages of 19 and 23. Three of them are ladies, ranging in age from 19 to 21.

However, on Saturday, the number of patients who had tested positive for the virus had increased to 37.

According to the city health services office, those that were tested were solely classified as residents of Fort del Pilar. It was unclear whether the new patients were cadets, soldiers, teachers, or family members of enlisted PMA employees who were staying on site for the holidays.

During Rizal Day, PMA superintendent, Maj. Gen. Ferdinand Cartojano said: “The world stopped turning when the disease struck. It changed our daily lives. It changed how we value life because it took lives in an instant. The virus changed how we all struggle for our nation.”

“But there is one aspect that did not change — our resolve and hope that this will end and that tomorrow will be better.” The latest infections at the PMA raised the total number of COVID-19 cases in the city to 3,941, with 301 of them still active,” added Cartojano.

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