10 June 2021
One of our staff at Orange Valley (OV) Nursing Homes’ Balestier branch has been diagnosed with COVID-19. He was last at work on 9 June 2021.
The staff (Case 64123), who received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 14 May 2021, was asymptomatic and tested positive for the virus on 9 June 2021 during the Home’s surveillance testing for COVID-19. He is currently warded at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).
Upon confirmation of the staff’s positive diagnosis, we took immediate action to further safeguard residents and other staff. Those who had been in close contact with the affected staff including residents, were identified. We also conducted a thorough deep cleaning and disinfection of the affected area.
We also worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to test staff and residents in the affected area for COVID-19.
OV remains vigilant and protective of the health and well-being of our residents and staff. Since the onset of COVID-19 last year, we have enforced precautionary measures, in compliance with guidelines from MOH and AIC. These measures include Trace Together-SafeEntry check-ins, split zone operations to minimise the risk of cross transmission, conducting twice-daily temperature taking for all residents and staff, and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
OV also suspended face-to-face visitations since 5 June 2021. All admissions into OV Nursing Homes’ Balestier branch will be suspended until further notice.
We understand that family members may have concerns during this period. We would like to assure you that our residents’ health and well-being remain our top priority. In the meantime, we will continue to facilitate communication with your loved ones through telephone and video calls. We thank you for your support as we do our utmost best during this period.