All Covid-Positive Cases Transfer to RQF

All Covid-Positive Cases Transfer to RQF

Mega Quarantine Facility in Calamba City, Laguna (Photo: www.dpwh.gov.ph)

Mega Quarantine Facility in Calamba City, Laguna (Photo: www.dpwh.gov.ph)

As of Monday, April 12, “No COVID-positive patient is on campus.” The statement was released by Dr. F.D. Gayoba, AUP President, in his report to Dr. Biglete, CHEd Regional Director. The students who tested positive are all in the CALABARZON Mega-Quarantine Facility (RQF) in Calamba, Laguna.” The remaining thirty-seven students who tested positive were transferred from April 11-14. On Sunday, April 11, the last of the possible close contacts and employees who are serving the campus residents in person were tested. In all 81 tests performed, one student came out positive. He was isolated and eventually moved to the RQF for further monitoring and management. The University is using the FTTIS model to control the outbreak of Covid-19.

FTTIS, which stands for Find, Test, Trace, Isolate, and Support, continues with AUP personnel, testing the remaining occupants of Mahogany and Acacia men’s dormitories and AUP staff who serve residents in-person since the outbreak. Testing is done by the University Health Service Infection Control Team (ICT) using the Ag-RDT or antigen rapid test. To date, they have performed 437 tests. Furthermore, the University hired additional medical staff and assigned Guidance Counselors for each Covid case who also communicate with their respective parents or guardians. The infected students in both RQF and AUP also received food, water, and other donors’ provisions. Moreover, support through prayer groups is in progress.

As of April 14, the RQF discharged eight students. They are back on campus on low-level quarantine at Sampaguita Hall. In all, there were 84 positive cases, 39- symptomatic, and 45- asymptomatic.

Updates on the Covid-19 Outbreak in AUP

Updates on the Covid-19 Outbreak in AUP

April 7, 2021, 2:30pm.

On Monday night, March 29, 2021, the first two students in Mahogany Hall who appeared to show the symptoms of a possible COVID-19 were isolated.  By April 2, another three from Acacia Hall were tested with the rest with Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test and the results also came out positive. A campus lockdown was immediately implemented. During the lockdown, all campus residents stayed inside their dwellings. Water, groceries from the store, and meals from the cafeteria were delivered to the dorms.

Mass testing was started Saturday, and by Sunday, April 4, a total of 197 students, mostly from the two men’s dorms, had been tested.  Fifty-four turned out to be positive. That same night all those that tested positive were immediately transferred to Molave Hall, which served as the campus COVID-19 Quarantine facility.  All those whose tests came back negative returned to their dorms for continued isolation. As for the residents in the ladies’ dormitories and apartments, all those identified as “close contacts” have been tested, and isolated.  There had been no additional indications of COVID symptoms among female students.

Confirmatory Antigen tests were conducted on those who previously tested negative, starting Tuesday, April 6.  Of the 18 negative symptomatic patients tested, only one turned out to be positive. The remaining number, the negative asymptomatic cases, would again be tested Wednesday afternoon, April 7. After separating the positive COVID patients from those confirmed negative, the dorms would be disinfected and prepared for a possible lifting of the lockdown on Sunday, April 11.  University employees and student workers would also be tested to ensure that all personnel serving the campus residents would be COVID-free.

The students who tested positive continue to have mild symptoms.  Some of those in the University Quarantine facility showing more moderate symptoms may be transferred to a government-operated Mega-Quarantine Facility in Calamba which has been offered to us for free.  The University would like to assure parents and families that the COVID-19 outbreak is under control a week after it started.  Let us continue to pray for God’s protection and care for our students and the University as a whole.

AUP’s Medical School Pioneer Batch Passes Physicians Licensure Exam — Dr. Dejolde in Top 6

AUP’s Medical School Pioneer Batch Passes Physicians Licensure Exam — Dr. Dejolde in Top 6

Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP), and other Adventists around the world rejoice in the Lord as the College of Medicine (COM) Pioneer batch, 2019- “Prima Lux” finished the March 2021 Physician’s Licensure Examination (PLE) with a 93.75% passing rate. Dr. Vanda Charisse Costillas Dejolde highlighted the victory by placing top six. For a new medical school, this remarkable milestone will remain an inspiring history for all time.

Dr. Dejolde of Butuan, Agusan Del Norte took her BS Biology at Father Saturnino Urios University in 2015 after finishing at Grace Christian High School in 2010. She took her Post Graduate Medical Internship at Batangas Medical Center. Her parents are Demosthenes and Emalinda Dejolde.

Following are the new PLE passers, AUP’s “Five -Star Plus Missionary Physicians”: Dr. Jon Sergei J. Aclan, Dr. Jessly Rose D. Acoba, Dr. Joy L. Belarmino, Dr. Alexzan D. Bernardino, Dr. Janina Bianca G. Cabili, Dr. Lexan Erdin L. Cordial, Dr. Paul Rothwel C. De Jesus, Dr. Vanda Charisse C. Dejolde, Dr. Weamirson R. Estrada, Dr. April Rae O. Garces, Dr. Eimarlouyd P. Mansaguiton, Dr. Aedrian C. Rodriguez, Dr. Andy Graham M. Rosas, Dr. Nim Franzio A. Salazar, and Dr. Julienne Rowelie A. Sanchez.  In a private program among the group with some family members, right after the results were released, the new doctors expressed nothing but praises, credit, and glory to God the source of all their knowledge. Dr. Doris Mendoza is founding dean of the AUP COM.

CHED Approves Limited Face-to-Face Classes

CHED Approves Limited Face-to-Face Classes

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) inspection team headed by Dr. Biglete, CHEd Region IV Director, confirmed AUP’s readiness for limited Face-to-Face.

(F-2-F) classes after the visit on March 11. Limited F-2-F courses will open for the fourth year Nursing, Medical Technology, and Medicine programs. Other programs would follow once CHEd issues the guidelines. Commendations go to the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), composed of Natividad Estapon, Engr.Jessrel Lagariza, Oemer Daquila, Ronald Pesigan, Jennifer Catolico, Gladys Cadao, Dr. Jun Sta. Lucia, Alloysius Brown who represents the students; Amelina Fabroa, who serves as secretary; and Dr. Franciso Gayoba, who chairs the CMC. The administration would like to thank the following point persons of the three programs: Dr. Susy Jael, MC Mendoza, Ann Dorado, and Dr. Elmer Valenzona for their active involvement; as well as the diligent personnel in the service departments, namely Maintenance, Purchasing, and Health Service, Cafeteria, Library, Store, Student Residences, Administrative, Registrar and Admission, Finance, and Advancement offices.

 

Health and Safety Protocols Continue

Ms. Natividad Estapon, AUP’s Health and Safety Officer, supervises the implementation of the new campus health and safety protocols. In accordance, the administration reminds everyone to cooperate with the PSD, especially at the Main Gate, with the Health Service, and in the weekly renewal of Passes. The CHEd Director recommends a “deeper level of inspection since AUP is a boarding school, so the resident students must be protected,” she said.

COVID Update

COVID Update

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After almost a year of having zero casualties related to COVID-19, it is with a heavy heart that AUP reports its first COVID-19 related loss. A worker in one of the service departments succumbed to the illness on February 9, Tuesday afternoon.

Despite such an unfortunate event, we would like to assure our community that the University is in control of the situation. Protocols of infection control have been well executed.  Upon onset of the symptoms, the individuals were immediately placed in quarantine and eventually moved to the COVID-Hospital. Based on contact tracing, the transmission seems to have taken place outside the campus.  Further investigation revealed only one close contact, who was immediately swabbed with an RT-PCR test. We praise God that the result was negative. He remains free of symptoms and is now quarantined for further evaluation.

We would like to encourage everyone to remain vigilant and strictly follow our health protocols. Rest assured that the administration is doing its best to ensure the safety of everyone. We ask for everyone’s cooperation for us to maintain a COVID-free campus. More so, we also invite you to pray for the bereaved family members as they grieve their loss.