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The WHO reported that as of February 8, 2020 there have been 34, 886 confirmed cases affecting almost 24 countries outside China. In the Philippines, there are two confirmed cases, one of which resulted in death. As a precautionary measure, the Philippine government imposed travel ban on China and its territories as the nCov infections increase worldwide.
Due to the above-mentioned developments, the Risk Management Office and the Task Force on nCov came up with a revised set of guidelines:
Standard Procedures to Prevent nCov Outbreak
1. Per World Health Organization’s standard recommendations:
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. This should be done for 30 to 40 seconds.
- When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue. Throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
- When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals.
- The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
2. Thermal scanning will be implemented in all designated entry and exit points for students, employees and guests.
3. General cleaning and disinfection of the school premises every Saturday.
Travel and Exposure of Students and Employees
4. Effective February 11, 2020, those who have traveled or who had contact with family members, relatives, or friends who have traveled to and from China, Macau, Hong Kong, Cebu and Dumaguete, and other areas that may be identified by WHO and DOH in the future, must notify the school about their trips and/ or exposure and submit to self-quarantine for 14 days after the date of arrival.
- Students who will be absent from classes will be excused and provision for make-up work will be made available.
- Employees who will be affected by this requirement will have to file the appropriate leave from their leave credits.
5. Those who were initially asked to undergo self-quarantine based on the interim guidelines should complete the required period.
6. Those who have upcoming travels to places where cases of the nCov infection have been confirmed will be required to notify authorized personnel of the school:
6.1 For students, their Homeroom Adviser (for BEU students) or OSA (for HEU students).
6.2 For employees, their Direct Supervisors.
7. Students and employees who have no travel history in the above-mentioned areas (refer to item 4) but are not feeling well or are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever, tightness of the chest, shortness of breath, sore throat, cough, or cold should stay at home. They will be required to stay at home until fully recovered (no fever and flu-like symptoms for at least 24 hours without taking any medication).
8. After the quarantine period, the concerned student or employee will have to present a medical
certificate (dated and signed by their family or attending physician) as clearance of any symptoms of
the nCoV infection. Certificate should be submitted to the school clinic for clearance then to the authorized School Personnel (refer to items 6.1 and 6.2).
9. In case symptoms manifest after claims of self-quarantine and after presentation of medical certificate, the concerned student or employee will be sent home and will be advised to return to school only after having no fever and flu-like symptoms for at least 24 hours without taking any medication. A medical clearance will still be required.
10. Anyone found to have concealed her/his travel details and current health status will be sent home and will not be allowed to enter the school until self-quarantine has been completed and medical certificate presented.
11. For purposes of proper monitoring, students and employees under items 4, 6 and 7 will be asked to fill-out the advisory slip and submit to the Homeroom Adviser (for BEU students), OSA (for HEU students) or to their direct supervisors (for employees). Collated data of the employees should be reported to the HRD at the end of each day.
12. Employees who have concerns with their leave credits must coordinate with the HRD. Due to operational exigencies, provision for an alternative working arrangement (if applicable) will be made available for employees who are on self-quarantine but have key roles in the operations.
School Activities (including Inbound and Outbound Activities)
13. All school activities may proceed upon the Unit’s discretion. If students and parents don’t wish to participate in the events, an alternative activity will be provided. Should school activities push through, precautionary measures must be implemented.
14. All official travel to countries and to areas in the Philippines (refer to item 4) including those that may be identified by WHO and DOH in the future will be restricted.
15. If items 13 and 14 are not applicable, the following guidelines will apply:
a. For outbound activities
- Make sure that those who will participate or travel to countries with confirmed cases of nCov are healthy and physically fit. (These areas do not include China, Macau, Hongkong and Dumaguete where travel is restricted.) A medical certificate from their family or attending physician must be submitted to their APSA (for students), OSA (for HEU students) and Unit Heads (for employees).
- If students or employees become sick before the travel, it is highly recommended that they do not join the activity.
- It is highly recommended that they undergo vaccination for influenza and pneumococcal diseases (if applicable).
- Avoid going to crowded places (e.g. tourist destinations, shopping malls, etc.).
- Always wear a surgical mask.
- After arrival from the affected countries/ areas, submit a medical certificate (dated and signed by their family or attending physician) as clearance of any symptoms of the nCoV infection to the school clinic for clearance then to the authorized school personnel (refer to items 6.1 and 6.2).
b. For inbound activities
- An inventory of all possible contact points of your participants must be declared for purposes of contact tracing. Once identified, the guidelines in this advisory will apply.
- Miriam College will provide a Hygiene Kit to all inbound participants/ guests.
16. The BEU and HEU may issue other guidelines as they deem applicable and necessary to their units.
We are committed to providing advisories and information in this rapidly evolving situation. Thank you for your continued compliance and support. Together, we can keep our community healthy and safe.
Noel C. Racho, Ph.D.
Risk Management Officer