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COVID-positive travelers should collect from hotel rooms by default

A housekeeper walks down a hallway of guest rooms at a hotel in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – From Monday, December 20, travelers residing in hotels who test positive for COVID-19 or who are identified as a close contact of a COVID case will recover or self-isolate in their hotel rooms. default hotel.

Currently, the protocol asks affected travelers to notify hotel staff of their positive result, complete a patient details form and await further instructions. The Ministry of Health (MOH) will then assess whether travelers are fit to undergo in situ recovery or be transported to a COVID-19 care facility.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in a press release on Thursday that from Monday these cases will be issued an Isolation Order (IO) to stay in their accommodation for 10 days (if completely vaccinated) or 14 days (if not vaccinated or partially vaccinated). They will be automatically unloaded without further testing afterwards.

IO will supersede any testing requirements they may have originally been subjected to, and travelers on IO should not leave their room to undergo these tests.

Hotel guests who have a place of residence in Singapore and wish to pick up at home, can seek assistance from hotels to transport them to their accommodation. They do not have to organize their transport themselves.

Those whose accommodation is not suitable for isolation, who have medical or social conditions that present a higher health risk, or who are seriously ill, will be transferred to an appropriate care facility or hospital for recovery and will not recover. not in their hotel room.

People who do not already reside in hotels and who test positive should not check into a hotel. If their home environment is not suitable for recovery at home, they should notify the Ministry of Health to arrange transfer to an appropriate care facility.

In accordance with current home recovery protocols, telemedicine assistance will also be available to recovering guests in their rooms. Travelers continue to be responsible for costs associated with recovery, testing and treatment, including any extended stays in hotels or care facilities.

Differentiated approach for Omicron variant cases

For confirmed and suspected cases of the Omicron variant and their close contacts, a differentiated approach will be adopted for the time being.

These cases will be referred to a designated care and isolation facility for their recovery and will not undergo recovery in their hotel rooms. Close contacts of these cases will also be quarantined at a designated facility.

Caregivers may choose to stay in the same accommodation as travelers who have tested positive and should seek assistance from their hotel to facilitate this. They will undergo polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at the beginning and end of their quarantine.

Protocol for those who test positive for daily ART

Meanwhile, travelers on vaccinated thoroughfares (VTLs) who test positive on one of their mandatory daily rapid antigen tests (ART), as well as those with a travel history within the last 10 days and who test positive, must undergo a confirmatory PCR test at a Combined Test Centre.

Similarly, travelers who test positive for ART while serving stay-at-home notices should also notify their hotel and undergo a confirmatory PCR test.

These travelers should self-isolate until they receive their confirmatory PCR test results. If the results are negative, they can go about their daily activities without further isolation. If they test positive, they must follow the same protocols as travelers in hotels.

Travelers who test positive for ART after completing their NHS and/or mandatory testing regimens should self-isolate where they are for the next 72 hours. If they subsequently test positive, they should repeat their ART at least 24 hours apart and resume normal activities only after testing negative.

Those who receive a Health Risk Warning (HRW) should immediately self-isolate in their room or place of residence and test themselves with ART for the next seven days. If the test result is negative, they can proceed normally.

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