SINGAPORE – All 15 Covid-19 cases in the cluster at NTUC Health’s nursing home in Jurong West are residents and no ward staff has been infected, said NTUC Health on Wednesday morning (Oct 27).
No employee working in the wards has tested positive so far and the affected areas of the nursing home have been isolated, NTUC Health said in a Facebook post.
Testing is ongoing for the remaining 230 residents, and staff. This is in addition to regular surveillance testing.
The cluster was reported in the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) nightly update on Tuesday, which also stated that there were 3,277 new Covid-19 infections and 10 deaths in Singapore.
NTUC Health said that it has stepped up precautionary measures since the start of the pandemic, with split zones for staff to minimise the risk of cross-contamination within the nursing home.
It has also increased the frequency of cleaning and enforced temperature taking twice daily for all residents. Staff, who have to don personal protective equipment at all times, are also tested twice a week with antigen rapid tests.
“We are providing our residents, staff and their families with the support and guidance they may need during this period,” NTUC Health added.
MOH announced last Thursday that all physical visits to hospitals and residential care homes will continue to be suspended until Nov 21.