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.
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.