Fourth-year medicine, nursing, and medical technology students who arrived for the permitted limited face-to-face classes are managed as a “bubble” group. Since the in-person courses have not started hence, they shifted to online innovative skills laboratory classes. Strict health protocols for bubble areas requires constancy for health and safety. Non-residents are prohibited from going in and out of the following areas:
- Apartment F-3rd and 4th floors,
- Molave Hall-1st and 2nd floors,
- Dama de Noche
- Cattleya-1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
Today April 23, 2021, a total of 81 students have fully recovered and are now back on campus from the Calamba Mega quarantine facility. The concerted effort of the medical team and the university guidance department, visiting them daily, sending food, medicines, and conducting psychosocial support, helped them recover quickly. They are now back to continue their online classes.
We commend our donors’ generosity and immediate response. We thank the AUP alumni, brethren from different churches, various institutions, youth groups, and volunteer individuals. The cash gifts, goods, medicine, and especially prayers helped our students’ quick recovery.
The university continues to strengthen its effort to prevent the incident from happening again. However, Zero Covid infection remains a challenge. As of April 22, four new cases inside the campus were reported, this time among the employees and their families. They were immediately transferred to the Calamba Mega quarantine facility. The result of the contact tracing shows no evidence of internal community transmission. The individuals tested positive after coming from an essential activity off-campus. AUP continues to implement strict health protocols to prevent the spread of infection.
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.