Frequently Asked Questions - Limited Face-to-Face Classes

Frequently Asked Questions - Limited Face-to-Face Classes

On Safety Protocols in the Campus

On Personal Safety while In Campus

On COVID-19 Symptoms

On Safety Protocols in the Campus

On Personal Safety while In Campus

Consultation will remain to be online, through the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) portal.

Consultation is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 12 n.n.

You may seek medical help from the UST Hospital’s Emergency Room/Treatment Room for evaluation and management.

  1. Follow the different safety protocols implemented in the campus, such as disinfection and physical distancing.
  2. Fully and honesty accomplish the Health Declaration Checklist found in the Thomasian Online Medical Services and Support (ThOMedSS) portal.
  3. Wear your personal protective equipment when in the campus.
  4. Adhere to minimum health standards wherever you are.

On COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 symptoms may include any or a combination of the following:

  1. fever
  2. cough
  3. colds
  4. muscle and joint pains
  5. difficulty in breathing
  6. shortness of breath
  7. loss of taste
  8. loss of smell
  9. diarrhea
  10. rash

On Screening and Management of COVID-19 Suspects

On Referring and Transfering to the Health Service

On Contact Tracing and Reporting of Cases

On Screening and Management of COVID-19 Suspects

Suspect Case refers to a person who is presenting with any of the following conditions:

  1. All Severe Acute Respiratory Illness cases where there is NO other etiology that fully explains the clinical presentation.
  2. Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Cases with any of the following:
    • With no other etiology that fully explains the clinical presentation AND a history of travel to or residence in an area that reported local transmission of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to onset of symptoms; OR
    • With contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 in the two (2) days prior to onset of illness of the probable/confirmed COVID-19 case until the time the probable/confirmed COVID-19 case became negative on repeat testing.
  3. Individuals with fever or cough or shortness of breath or other respiratory signs or symptoms fulfilling any ONE of the following:
    • Aged 60 years and above
    • With a co-morbidity
    • Assessed as having a high-risk pregnancy
    • Health worker

 

Source: Department of Health Memorandum No. 2020-0189 Updated Guidelines on Contact Tracing of Close Contacts of Confirmed Coronavirus Disease Covid-19 Cases dated April 17, 2020

Probable Case refers to a Suspect Case who fulfills any of the following conditions:

  • Suspect case whose testing for COVID-19 is inconclusive
  • Suspect who tested positive for COVID-19 but whose test was not conducted in a national or subnational reference laboratory or officially accredited laboratory for COVID-19 confirmatory testing
  • Suspect case who died without undergoing any confirmatory test

Source: Department of Health Memorandum No. 2020-0189 Updated Guidelines on Contact Tracing of Close Contacts of Confirmed Coronavirus Disease Covid-19 Cases dated April 17, 2020

A Confirmed Case refers to any individual, irrespective of presence or absence of clinical signs and symptoms, who was laboratory confirmed for COVID-19 in a test conducted at the national reference laboratory, a subnational reference laboratory, and/or DOH-certified laboratory testing facility.

Source: Department of Health Memorandum No. 2020-0189 Updated Guidelines on Contact Tracing of Close Contacts of Confirmed Coronavirus Disease Covid-19 Cases dated April 17, 2020

The University strictly complies with the data privacy provisions of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, the Data Privacy Act of 2012 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, and related issuances of the National Privacy Commission.

On Referring and Transfering to the Health Service

  1. Inform your course facilitator immediately, in order to be referred to the UST Health Service (Local 8211).
  2. Your parent/guardian will be informed as well.
  3. You will be brought to your building’s transition/isolation area, where the Health Service staff will conduct an initial assessment.
  4. If found in stable condition, you may be transferred to the Health Service’s isolation room for further evaluation and management.
  5. If found to be in unstable condition, you may be referred to the UST Hospital for immediate evaluation and management.
  6. If you choose to seek medical treatment from your private physician, you must inform the Health Service immediately for proper documentation.
  1. You must go on HOME QUARANTINE for 14 days.
  2. If you have a history of close contact with a Positive COVID-19 case, you will be referred to the UST Hospital for RT-PCR testing.
  3. You will need to secure clearance prior to returning to campus.
  1. You will be referred to the UST Hospital for RT-PCR testing.
  2. You will undergo a 14-day home quarantine following discharge from the Hospital, if admitted.
  3. You will need to secure clearance prior to returning to campus.
  1. You will be referred to the UST Hospital for RT-PCR testing.
  2. You will undergo a 14-day home quarantine following discharge from the Hospital, if admitted.
  3. You will need to test NEGATIVE in your RT-PCR test prior to securing clearance to return to the campus.
  4. You will need to secure clearance prior to returning to campus.
  1. You will be referred to the UST Hospital for RT-PCR testing.
  2. You will undergo a 14-day home quarantine following discharge from the Hospital, if admitted.
  3. You will need to test NEGATIVE in your RT-PCR test prior to securing clearance to return to the campus.
  4. You will need to secure clearance from an Infectious Diseases Specialist.
  5. The medical clearance must be obtained from your attending physician and presented to the Health Service prior to return to campus.

On Contact Tracing and Reporting of Cases

On Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes

On Quarantine and Testing

On Getting Cleared to Return for Face-to-Face Classes/Onsite Work

On Suspension of Face-to-Face Classes

  1. If one or more students or staff in a class are confirmed to have COVID-19, there will be a suspension of face-to-face classes for the affected section for 14 days.
  2. If two or more cases are confirmed COVID-19 cases in a building, there will be a suspension of face-to-face classes for those in the affected building for 14 days.
  3. If there is a clustering or outbreak of COVID-19 cases within the University, there will be suspension of ALL face-to-face classes in the University.

On Quarantine and Testing

Those with COVID-19 symptoms must strictly go on mandatory home quarantine from the onset of the latest symptoms, which may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Throat Pain
  • Muscle and Joint Pains
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Difficulty of Breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Loss of Taste
  • Loss of Smell

If symptoms persist on Day 5 of the quarantine, a COVID-19 RT-PCR test must be done.

Go to the emergency room for evaluation and assessment should your symptoms worsen or progress.

No.

If symptoms persist but do not progress after 14 days, additional quarantine is recommended until the patient becomes asymptomatic for at least three days, provided that the COVID-19 RT-PCR test result is negative.

On Getting Cleared to Return for Face-to-Face Classes/Onsite Work

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