SINGAPORE, 21 May 2020 – In accordance with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) additional support measures for homes serving the elderly, Orange Valley Nursing Homes (OV) has been proactively administering Covid-19 test swabs on all its residents and staff since 30 April 2020. Those who are tested positive for Covid-19 will be isolated and conveyed to the hospital immediately. To date, all staff of OV have been tested and there has been no positive case detected.
On 20 May 2020, four residents residing in our Simei branch at 6 Simei Street 3 Singapore 529898 were confirmed positive for Covid-19 as part of the extensive testing exercise by MOH. All four residents are currently warded in Changi General Hospital. We are also in touch with their families, and are rendering the necessary support and assistance to them.
OV has worked with MOH to identify the close contacts of these residents. They have also been tested and have all returned a negative result.
We are currently working with MOH to conduct contact tracing for both the residents and staff of the affected home.
All residents on the affected floors are to stay in their room at all times as a precautionary measure. We have conducted deep cleansing and disinfection of affected areas, and will continue with the increased cleaning frequency during this period.
In accordance with MOH guidelines, OV has taken enhanced precautionary measures to protect its residents and staff by strictly adhering to split-zone requirements with no cross-deployment of staff, conducting thorough cleaning in its homes, and prohibiting face-to-face visitations with its no-visitor policy since 2 April.
In compliance with MOH’s announcement on 2 May, staff have also been put up at hotels to reduce the risk of infection from the community.
We will continue to fully comply with the advisories issued by MOH and AIC to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and staff.