The Ministry of Health and the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) have announced 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at 1 Thomson Lane, bringing the total number of cases from this cluster to 11.
Following the first confirmed case at LAM (Thomson) on March 31, the Home along with the MOH and the AIC tested all the residents and symptomatic staff, said an AIC statement.
Of the ten new cases detected, eight are residents at the Home (Cases 983, 984, 985, 986, 987, 988, 989, 990). The remaining new cases are a staff (Case 976) of LAM (Thomson), who cared for female residents at the home, and a family member of the staff (Case 973). Case 973 works in a non-patient facing role at Moral Home for the Aged Sick (Moral Home) and had not been at work since the onset of symptoms.
According to the statement, since March 31, all staff caring for the Home’s female residents had been placed on Quarantine Order (QO). Now, with the new cases, the remaining staff have also been placed on QO starting from April 1.
AIC has also been in contact with Moral Home, which has stepped up vigilance in monitoring the health status of residents and staff, added the statement, also saying that do far all residents are well.
MOH and AIC have also issued an advisory with additional precautionary measures for nursing homes (NHs):
- Suspension of all visitors to all NHs from April 2-30, 2020. Nursing homes to offer caregivers alternative options such as telephone or video calls
- Safe distancing for all NH residents
- NHs with more than 200 beds to implement split-zones
- Staff who are unwell must not turn up for work