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COVID19 Update

Office of the President Memo #071 – SY 2019-2020
February 13, 2020

The DOH and all other WHO member countries are adapting the “Corona Virus Disease 2019” or “COVID19” as the name of the disease caused by the novel corona virus. This was done to minimize cultural, social and geographical stigma.

The WHO categorized the COVID19 health event as high risk regionally and globally with a total of 45,171 confirmed cases in 28 countries. Local transmission has been reported in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia. Since local transmission was reported in other countries, the DOH is putting into place mitigating mechanisms for the possibility of community spread and they are continuously assessing the situation and drafting guidelines based on available evidence to combat the spread of COVID19.

PWU will continue on implementing precautionary measures (as stated in Memo #069 from the Office of the President) to prevent the spread of COVID19 in all of its campuses. On top of this, our Allied Health Cluster Community Outreach Coordinators along with the University Community Outreach Program and the University Medical Clinic will be providing an awareness campaign for the PWU Community relevant to precautions for this novel disease. This will be a campaign for “Corona Virus Health Education” where a series of health awareness information and updates will be offered to the PWU Community. Attached herewith is the health education campaign intended to be offered from February 17-21, 2020.

We encourage all students, faculty and staff to visit and check the activities for their additional guidance and reference on the current public health situation and for maintaining their calmness and good health in the midst of COVID 2019.

With regards to the wearing of masks, the public is enjoined by the DOH to judiciously wear masks to prevent the shortage of surgical and N95 masks. People in good health DO NOT need to wear face masks. The use of face mask is recommended ONLY to those taking care of the sick, those with respiratory infection/symptoms like coughing/sneezing/fever and for the Health care and frontline workers. The N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare and frontline workers who are attending to patients with respiratory symptoms or those patients under investigation (PUI); those entering the rooms of confirmed cases or PUI’s to provide care, clean/disinfect the room or to obtain clinical specimen (with complete PPE); and those handling clinical specimen, soiled medical supplies/equipments and come in contact with potentially contaminated environmental surfaces.

Finally, we would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask if you have cough/colds
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Let’s continue to keep PWU a healthy and COVID19 free environment.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez


Updated Coronavirus Health Advisory
(3rd Confirmed Case of 2019 nCoV)

Office of the President Memo #069 – SY 2019-2020
February 6, 2020

As of Feb. 6, 2020, we have 28,276 confirmed cases worldwide with 565 deaths. The following are the countries affected, the confirmed cases and the deaths:

COUNTRY CASES DEATHS
China 28,018 563
Australia 14 0
Belgium 1 0
Cambodia 1 0
Canada 5 0
Finland 1 0
France 6 0
Germany 12 0
Hong Kong 21 1
India 3 0
Italy 2 0
Japan 45 0
Macao 10 0
Malaysia 12 0
Nepal 1 0
Russia 2 0
Singapore 18 0
Spain 1 0
South Korea 23 0
Sri Lanka 1 0
Sweden 1 0
Taiwan 11 0
Thailand 25 0
UAE 5 0
United Kingdom 2 0
United States 12 0
Vietnam 10 0
Philippines 3 1

A 60 y/o female tourist from Wuhan, China who arrived in Cebu via Hongkong who went to Bohol is our 3rd confirmed case of 2019 nCoV. She was discharged and was allowed to leave the country last January 31, 2020.

At present, our confirmed cases are all Chinese tourists from Wuhan, China. However, we have 133 patients under investigation (PUI). 115 of them are admitted and in isolation while 16 were discharged but are under strict monitoring. Out of the 133 PUIs, 63 are Filipinos, 54 are Chinese nationals and 16 are from other nationalities.

As a result, the University has taken the following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of this illness in any of its campuses. These policies have also been adopted from DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s.2020, The First Set of Policy Directives of the DepEd Task Force nCoV. (https://www.deped.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/DM_s2020_015.pdf)

Travel Restrictions and Limitations

  1. All travels (official and personal) to the People’s Republic of China and its special administrative regions are temporarily banned.
  2. Official travels of all PWU personnel (teaching and non-teaching) previously approved by the President for the month of February 2020 to countries identified to have confirmed cases or persons under investigation for 2019-nCoV are revoked. All PWU personnel with approved personal travels to the same countries are highly advised not to proceed.
  3. The latest list of countries with confirmed cases is accessible in the WHO’s site (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports)
  4. If you or any member of your family is experiencing the above symptoms and has a history of travel to China, DO NOT go to school or to work, seek immediate medical attention from your own private physician, rest and self-quarantine for at least 14 days. You may come back to school/ work if you are 48 hours fever free with a medical clearance from your own private physician to be submitted to our University Physician and you will be given a clearance to go back to school/work.
  5. If you have a history of travel to the countries listed above (except China) within the last 2 weeks, with or without symptoms, you must submit a medical clearance from your own private physician to be submitted to our university physician who will in turn give you a clearance to go back to school/work.

Information and Awareness Campaign

  1. Regular release of Health Bulletins to the community on the latest updates regarding the 2019 nCoV – via posters, on bulletin boards, social media and email blasts.
  2. Faculty are encouraged to include in their classroom discussions the promotion of precautionary and safety measures and healthy behaviors such as, but not limited to:
    • personal hygiene, including frequent and proper handwashing with soap and water, the application of rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer, and proper cough etiquette (maintain distance and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow);
    • maintaining healthy lifestyles, including proper hydration by drinking 8-10 glasses of water within the day, consumption of nutritious foods, and ensuring food safety;
    • ensuring environmental sanitation; and
    • consulting a physician when symptoms attributable to respiratory infection (e.g. coughs, colds, fever, and other related symptoms) persist, and for extracting information on travel history to affected areas and exposure, based on the latest DOH decision tool accessible via https://www.doh.gov.ph/2019-nCoV.
  3. The Homeroom Advisors in all JASMS Campuses shall allot a certain time during their weekly homeroom classes to discuss the above mentioned precautionary and safety measures.

Safety Precautions and Protocols

  1. Continuous monitoring of temperature for all individuals entering all PWU and JASMS Campuses.
  2. Provision of adequate supply of water and soap in all restrooms on campus; hand sanitizers or alcohol in all entrances, offices, and strategic locations.
  3. Implementation of daily group handwashing schedule, particularly in all JASMS campuses.
  4. Maintenance of cleanliness in the campuses, including the regular disinfection of high contact areas such as doorknobs, handles, handrails, etc.
  5. Monitoring proper handling of food served in all canteens and food concessionaires.
  6. Operationalize a Preventive Alert System as prescribed by DepEd (Enclosure No. 4 to DepEd Memorandum No. 015, s. 2020)
  7. For official school gatherings and group activities, the implementation of temperature check and monitoring for flu-like symptoms prior to allowing entry and participation into the school activity.

Finally, we would like to reiterate the need to be vigilant in these times of illness by:

  1. Practicing frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds
  2. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals,
  3. Practicing proper cough etiquette – maintaining distance and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with tissue or the crook of your elbow,
  4. Avoiding close contact with people showing colds/cough or flu like symptoms,
  5. Wearing face mask if you have cough/colds
  6. Having a well balanced meal,
  7. Drinking lots of water and ensuring that food is well cooked.
  8. Cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/objects
  9. Avoiding spitting anywhere and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Together, we can keep PWU a healthy and 2019 nCoV- free environment.

Marco Alfredo M. Benitez



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