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Advisory on the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Bulletin #18

To                  The University Community

From              Norman Dennis E. Marquez, MD

                       University Physician

Subject            Advisory on the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Bulletin #18


Situation summary:

  • From DOH, a total of 700 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) recorded; 10 are confirmed (+) for SARS-CoV-2; 624 tested (-); 29 pending results (as of 12nn, 8 March 2020)
  • DOH confirms 6th COVID-19 patient, the wife of the 5th patient; officially, DOH accounts local transmission and raises red alert at sub-level 1; the 10th COVID-19 patient is still being investigated to confirm if indeed associated with one of the previously confirmed COVID-19 patients
  • The government declares state of public health emergency with the following responses: improve hospital preparedness enhanced Severe Acute Respiratory Illness surveillance intensified contact tracing, strict home quarantine of close contacts, expand laboratory testing outside of RITM; we anticipate the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients to balloon and should watch out for focal areas of clustered cases
  • There are now 88 total number of countries with reported COVID-19 incidence

       o   China, Singapore, S Korea, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Russia, Belgium, Finland, Spain, Sweden, UAE, Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Oman, Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Belarus, Netherlands, Norway, Greece, Estonia, Croatia, Algeria, Nigeria, Romania, North Macedonia, Denmark, Georgia, Lithuania, New Zealand, San Marino, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Ireland, Monaco, Qatar, Luxembourg, Armenia, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Andorra, Portugal, Ukraine, Latvia, Senegal, Tunisia, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Hungary, Slovenia, Togo, South Africa, Cameroon, Bhutan, Serbia, Vatican, Colombia, Peru

UPDATED GUIDELINES ON HOME QUARANTINE AND PREVENTION OF SPREAD FROM CONTACT WITH COVID-19 PATIENTS (subject to change with the emerging local transmission and still increasing global reports of new cases outside of China)

Members of the community and visitors to the Ateneo campuses are highly encouraged to inform/call the Office of Health Services/Infirmaries in their respected units (for students and visitors) or OHRMOD (for faculty, professionals, administrators, & staff) if you manifest the following:

  • fever WITH a history of travel to areas with travel restrictions (China and North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu City, and Cheongdo County in Korea) or with a high incidence of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • fever, cough/cold, sore throat WITH a history of travel to areas with travel restrictions or with a high incidence of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • severe acute respiratory infection requiring hospitalization WITH a history of travel to areas with travel restrictions or with a high incidence of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms
  • fever or signs and symptoms of respiratory infection within 14 days of close contact with any of the following: 

o   a confirmed person infected with SARS-CoV-2

o   a person with a history of travel to areas with travel restrictions (China and North Gyeongsang Province, Daegu City, and Cheongdo County in Korea) or with a high incidence of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the 14 days prior to the onset of signs and symptoms

Should you develop the signs and symptoms at home, do not go to school; rather, inform/call the appropriate offices for specific concerns. Wear a mask and minimize contact with other persons at home. Please inform/call your family doctor about your condition before going to his/her clinic so that they can take precautions as well.

If you do not develop signs and symptoms, but have traveled to areas with restrictions or with a high incidence of local transmission (Iran and Italy) of confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection, you will be subjected to mandatory home quarantine for 14 days from the day of arrival. You will be given monitoring guidelines, in coordination with the University Physician and the respective Office of Health Services/Infirmaries. The guidelines for home quarantine and the list of countries/areas with travel restrictions and high incidence of local transmission will be updated based on available data.

https://www.who.int/publications-detail/home-care-for-patients-with-suspected-novel-coronavirus-(ncov)-infection-presenting-with-mild-symptoms-and-management-of-contacts

General preventive measures:

  • Proper hygiene practices and effective hand-washing techniques
  • Cover mouth and nose with tissue paper, when coughing or sneezing then properly dispose of, used tissue paper as infectious waste
  • Keep distance of at least 1 meter (around 3 feet) from a person suspected of having SARS-CoV-2 infection or flu-like signs and symptoms
  • Avoid touching eyes after coughing/sneezing
  • Do not spit just anywhere
  • Proper handling and disposal of wastes; used masks should be considered as infectious waste and should be disposed of properly
  • Avoid unnecessary assembly or mass gathering, especially in closed venues
  • Gargle with warm saline solution 2-3x a day when having cough and sore throat
  • Hydrate regularly and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Process raw food properly/hygienically and cook food well

You can also refer to the following links for more information and updates:

These bulletins are intended to provide general updates and relevant guidelines as events related to the COVID-19 outbreak evolve. Expect changes and adjustments in precaution guidelines as well as in preventing the spread of the infection as new information emerges daily.  Also, given the volume of news reports and opinions being circulated in media and the internet, we enjoin everyone to refrain from sharing unverified information that can confuse or mislead others.

If you have any comments or inquiries, you may send me an email at nmarquez@ateneo.edu or to Engr Josephy Almosera at jalmosera@ateneo.edu

Let us work together to build a safer and healthier community that we may serve the people for the greater glory of God.   

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