All Remaining Standalone Quarantine Facilities in dormitories have been cleared of COVID-19. Residents in these blocks have either completed their isolation/quarantine or been moved to other government facilities depending on their health status.
The number of workers able to resume work continues to increase.
Take a look at this table:
A multi-layered strategy to prevent a second wave of infections in the cleared dormitories
With all dormitories and standalone blocks cleared, authorities will be adopting a multi-layered strategy to prevent new waves of infections.
Migrant workers staying in the dormitories will be cohorted by the type of industry that they work in. In addition, Safe Distancing Measures have been implemented in the dormitories. This will ensure Safe Living, Safe Working and Safe Rest arrangements for the workers are adhered to.
There are four key layers of safeguard to monitor and manage the risk of new outbreaks: (1) Medical Technology; (2) Monitoring of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) Report Sick Rate; (3) Waste Water Monitoring and (4) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT). With these, the task force will be able to sieve out new cases early and perform the necessary containment arrestment efforts.
Once a new case is detected, the contact tracing effort will commence to determine the close contacts at the dormitory and workplace with reference to the individual’s movement history. Sector agencies will work closely with the employers to assess the risk at the workplaces and put in place safety timeouts if necessary. Aggressive testing operations will also be conducted to arrest a possible second wave of infection.
Once immediate close contacts of the positive migrant workers have been identified, they will undergo a 14-day quarantine at a dedicated facility. Other close contacts will be quarantined on-site to undergo tests to ensure that they are COVID-cleared before they are able to return to work.
The detection of new infection cases in cleared dormitories and decant sites is a reminder on the need to be vigilant.
Stay safe folks and observe all measures with religious diligence!