Update on Novel Conoravirus (COVID-19) Preventive Measures
25 Feb 2020
The HKSAR Government issued a Red Outbound Travel Alert on Korea due to the health risks arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. Members of the public should avoid unnecessary travel to Korea (especially Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province). When travelling to other countries/areas with active community transmission of COVID-19 virus including other provinces/cities of Mainland China, Italy (Lombardy and Veneto regions), Japan and Singapore, staff members and students are strongly advised to wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as masks at all times, avoid crowded places and contact with persons with respiratory symptoms.
Starting from 6am today, the Department of Health will issue quarantine orders under the Prevention and Control of Disease Regulation (Cap.599A) to Hong Kong residents returning to Hong Kong who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea in the past 14 days. Hong Kong residents returning from other cities and provinces of Korea will be required to undergo medical surveillance for 14 days.
In view of the latest situation of COVID-19 in Korea, the Centre for Health Protection has further revised relevant reporting criteria as follows to enhance surveillance of suspected cases.
1. Presented with fever or acute respiratory illness or pneumonia; and
2. Either one of the following conditions within 14 days before onset of symptom:
· With travel history to Mainland China or Korea; or
· Had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
Please note that contravening the quarantine requirement would be a criminal offence. For details, please refer to: https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202002/07/P2020020700674.htm.
Students and colleagues who are returning from Mainland China and Korea are requested to complete an online declaration form before coming to campus.
For students: please click here
For staff: please click here
Students and staff are advised to avoid social gathering and maintain appropriate social distance with other people as far as possible. 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.
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;
· As our stock is limited and there is no guarantee on the delivery of our ordered quantity due to the shortage in the market, we can only provide masks 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.
The Government has launched the website “COVID-19 Thematic Website” for announcing the latest updates on various news on COVID-19 infection and health advice to help the public grasp the latest updates at the following links: 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:
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