Update on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preventive Measures (21 Mar 2020)
21 Mar 2020
The Department of Health started to issue quarantine orders under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap.599A) for compulsory home quarantine to people arriving in Hong Kong who have been to any one of all overseas countries/territories in the past 14 days, regardless of whether they are Hong Kong residents.
In order to minimize the risk of community transmission, the Committee strongly advised all stakeholders that if they have to undergo compulsory quarantine, please stay at home or place of residency for 14 days before coming back to the campus.
If student or colleague is living with someone who is undergoing self-quarantine, they should not come to the campus if their home-mates are undergoing self-quarantine.
All students and colleagues are requested to complete an online declaration form before coming to campus.
Students and colleagues are advised to wear masks on campus, especially when having face-to-face communication with others, avoid social gathering and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible, stay away from crowded places, do not shake hands when meeting other people, avoid meal gatherings or other gatherings to reduce the chance of contacting infected persons, who may not present any symptoms, and minimise the risk of outbreak clusters emerging in the community. If feeling unwell, you should wear a surgical mask and seek medical consultation promptly and inform the doctor of your travel history. It is advised to go to the nearest emergency room of any public hospital. The closest one to our campus is Tuen Mun Hospital. You might also go to the private clinics which join the Enhanced Laboratory Surveillance Programme of Hospital Authority and can produce deep throat saliva. For the list of collection points for submission of specimens by patients of private doctors for COVID-19 testing, please click the links below.
In response to the latest development, the following measures are implementing on campus:
· Increased frequency of cleaning of public facilities;
· Increased points of hand sanitizer;
· Encourage students, staff and visitors to rub hands with hand sanitizer at each access point of campus;
· Body temperature check at all pedestrian and vehicular entrances;
· Masks will be provided to those students and colleagues who do not have masks after completing a simple health survey at the counter of hostel blocks and at access points upon entry to campus area. Colleagues and students are strongly recommended to bring their own masks.
To prevent pneumonia and respiratory tract infection, colleagues and students should maintain at all times strict personal and environmental hygiene which is key to personal protection against infection and prevention of the spread of the disease in the community and stay alert on the following advice of Centre for Health Protection (CHP):
· Wear a surgical mask when taking public transport or staying in crowded places. It is important to wear a mask properly, including hand hygiene before wearing and after removing a mask;
· Perform hand hygiene frequently, especially before touching the mouth, nose or eyes; after touching public installations such as handrails or door knobs; or when hands are contaminated by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing;
· Maintain drainage pipes properly and regularly (about once a week) pour about half a liter of water into each drain outlet (U-traps) to ensure environmental hygiene;
· After using the toilet, put the toilet lid down before flushing to avoid spreading germs;
· Wash hands with liquid soap and water, and rub for at least 20 seconds. Then rinse with water and dry with a disposable paper towel. If hand washing facilities are not available, or when hands are not visibly soiled, performing hand hygiene with 70 to 80 per cent alcohol-based handrub is an effective alternative;
· Cover your mouth and nose with tissue paper when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin, then wash hands thoroughly; and
· When having respiratory symptoms, wear a surgical mask, refrain from work or attending class at school, avoid going to crowded places and seek medical advice promptly.
For the latest updates on various news on COVID-19 infection and health advice, please visit the thematic webpage at: www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/index.html
Webpage on Personal Hygiene (proper hand hygiene, proper use of mask, guidance note on monitoring of body temperature) at the following links:
Hong Kong residents are encouraged to use the online Registration of Outbound Travel Information service at http://www.gov.hk/roti to register their contact details and itinerary when outside Hong Kong. For updates on Outbound Travel Alert (OTA), please visit the webpage of Security Bureau at https://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are being suspected or confirmed infected or under mandatory quarantine, please notify any of the following teams:
During Office Hours
COFMD(O&M) - Campus Support Office
Human Resources Office
Student Services Centre
During Non-office Hours
Security Control (24-hour)
Thank you for your kind attention.
Chairman, Health, Safety and Environment Committee