A New Cluster in a Nursing House That Comprises 4 Elderly Has Been Discovered

If you’ve been paying attention to Singapore’s latest influencer daily updates, you were probably worried yesterday.

Reader Kiasi: What?! Local community cases back to double digits?! Are we still entering phase 1 then?!

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Now, before you go: KNNBCCB (Key Nation-wide Non-Essential Businesses Complete Circuit Breaker)

Know that it’s because of a little tweaking that the powers-that-be did with the numbers:

Previously, work permit holders living outside the dormitories are not considered as local community cases.

Now? They are, so expect community cases to rise.

New Cluster Detected At Orange Valley Nursing Home

On 21 May, 4 new community cases, aged between 72 and 97 years old, were detected as part of the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s active surveillance and screening at Orange Valley Nursing Home.

With Covid-19, the most vulnerable group in Singapore is the elderly which is why the Ministry of Health (MOH) is doing more proactive testing on pre-school staff as well as the employees and residents of nursing homes in Singapore.

The staff who were in close contact with the infected residents tested negative for Covid-19.

It was added that they have “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the ward and affected areas of the nursing home”.

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Followed All The Measures Dutifully

In early May, all the staff of the Orange Valley Nursing Home has been tested for the coronavirus and the results came back negative.

Staff who are in close contact with residents have also been staying at designated hotels since 8 May to minimise the risk of getting infected.

Orange Valley Nursing Home said that they’ve been “proactively” testing their staff and residents since Apr 30.

It was added that the nursing home has compiled with all “enhanced precautionary measures in line with MOH advisories” including:

  • disallowing visitors to the nursing home
  • strict split-zone requirements
  • ensure safe distancing

Not Just The Elderly

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) is also expecting to identify positive cases ahead of the reopening on 2 June.

Testing is expected to complete by the end of May and about 10,400 pre-school staff has tested negative for Covid-19.

In other words, while the number of community cases might increase again, it’s because Singapore’s doing a lot more active testing and screening now.

Something which is needed for us to safely reach Phase 3: Safe Nation.

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