Sentosa Village Hotel is the 6th COVID-19 Community Care Facility


When you hear the word “Sentosa”, you’ll probably think of beaches and Universal Studios and just fun. 

Unfortunately, in typical COVID-19 fashion, everything is no longer the same.

Instead, Sentosa Village Hotel has now been transformed into the 6th COVID-19 community care facility.

Sentosa Village Hotel is the Latest Community Care Facility

It has been announced that Sentosa Village Hotel will be the latest addition to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH’s) list of community care facilities.

If you didn’t already know, MOH’s community care facilities are designated for those who have gotten infected with COVID-19, but are experiencing mild or no symptoms.

The addition of Sentosa Village Hotel brings the total number of designated community care facilities to six. The five other community care facilities comprise of D’Resort NTUC, Tuas South, former Ang Mo Kio Institute of Technical Education, Civil Service Club @ Loyang and Bright Vision Hospital.

Sentosa Village Hotel, which is under Far East Hospitality, contains 606 rooms. According to a spokesman for MOH, the addition of Sentosa Village Hotel will bring the number of people the six community care facilities can accommodate to more than 5,000 individuals.

Before the addition of Sentosa Village Hotel, the five community care facilities had a capacity of 4,100 people.

On 25 May, MOH had announced that three community care facilities were in use, though they were not at full capacity. These three facilities were D’Resort, Tuas South and Bright Vision Hospital. It also said that another two facilities, former Ang Mo Kio Institute of Technical Education and the Civil Service Club @ Loyang, had been activated “as an added buffer for contingencies”.

On Monday (26 July), Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had stated in Parliament that those between the age of 45 and 59-years-old, who are fully vaccinated are experiencing no or mild symptoms after contracting COVID-19, can proceed to community care facilities for direct admission. This is instead of going to the hospital first.

Before Mr Ong’s announcement, this practice of direct admission to community care facilities had already been in practice for those aged 17 to 45.

Mr Ong said that this will help to lessen the load on hospitals and help them better focus on helping sicker patients, especially as Singapore prepares to live with an endemic COVID-19.

A week before on 22 July, it was reported by The Straits Times that according to Sentosa Development Corporation chief executive Thien Kwee Eng, of the 17 hotels located on Sentosa island, about half had reopened.

He added that those who have yet to re-open, including Sentosa Village Hotel and Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa, might do so later as some hotels were involved in stay-home-notice arrangements.

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