COVID-19 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES IN HELP COLLEGE OF ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY

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In view of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the Management of HELP College of Arts and Technology would like to take precautionary measures to avoid any cases and to require all students, staff and visitors to declare their health status and travel information. This requirement is in line with the MAA Group Berhad COVID-19 Precautionary Measures and Health and Travel Declaration and Anglia Ruskin University COVID-19 guidelines for ARU students.

1. All students and staff are required to notify the Academic Centre coordinators and/or Head of Department and complete the Health and Travel Declaration Form

  • If they have travelled recently overseas or locally, particularly to countries that have high risk of Covid-19 infection (see list below).
  • If they are suffering from any illness that has symptoms or similar symptoms such as fever, sore throat, headache, flu/runny nose, cough, shortness of breath and other respiratory problems.

2. All students and staff must undergo a health check by a certified medical practitioner or doctor immediately upon returning home from high-risk countries and are required to work from home / or study at home for 14 days upon return if they have travelled to high-risk countries or exhibit any of the symptoms mentioned above.

3.Travel to the following COVID-19 high-risk countries are strictly prohibited for all students and staff:

  • China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Republic of Korea
  • Germany

Note that the Malaysian Immigration and Health Authorities may prohibit your entry into Malaysia if you are a foreign visitor or student. For travel to Italy and South Korea, foreign students and visitors from certain districts and provinces may not be allowed to enter Malaysia.

4. All staff required by the College to carry out any business abroad shall obtain the approval of their respective Head of Department (HOD) or Management of the College before travelling abroad. Staff members are also advised to check their health status immediately after returning home.

5. All staff are required to maintain cleanliness and adhere to the following precautionary measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
  • Apply sick leave and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid going to public places or crowded areas.
  • Always check your body temperature using a thermometer to identify if you have high fever.
  • Use a face mask if you are sick.

4. All staff required by the College to carry out any business abroad shall obtain the approval of their respective Head of Department (HOD) or Management of the College before travelling abroad. Staff members are also advised to check their health status immediately after returning home.

5. All staff are required to maintain cleanliness and adhere to the following precautionary measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
  • Apply sick leave and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid going to public places or crowded areas.
  • Always check your body temperature using a thermometer to identify if you have high fever.
  • Use a face mask if you are sick.

6. If working from an office is no longer a safe solution or employees don’t feel comfortable commuting to work, consider implementing work-from-home policies. Whether it’s sharing files over emails, having meetings via teleconferencing, or keeping in touch with colleagues through chat. You can encourage your team to telework so they can avoid potential increased exposure on their commute. Please notify and discuss with Human Resource Department.

7. We do not accept any foreign visitors, only until further notice. Students and staff who have been in the critical region in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the college compound and required to be quarantined for two weeks and must submit a health report and go through a temperature check.

The Management expects all students and staff to keep alert on current news and announcements of the Ministry of Heath Malaysia, and adhere to the precautionary measures to prevent further outbreaks of the disease.

Yours sincerely,
Ms Anne Vicknes Rajasaikaran
President/Chief Executive Officer
13 March 2020

COVID-19 LEVEL OF RISK BY COUNTRY

1. Category 1:
Students and staff should self-isolate, even if asymptomatic, and use the information given to find out what to do next. Go home or to your destination and then self-isolate. Notify to Human Resource and Student Services respectively.
Travel is not allowed to:

  • China (All travel to mainland China remains prohibited at this time)
  • Iran
  • Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of South Korea)
  • Italy: 10 small towns in Lombardy (Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano) and one in Veneto Vo’ Euganeo.
  • Germany (City centres areas; Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Hesse, Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria)

2. Category 2:
Student and staff do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call any hospitals nearby.
Business-critical travel only (Further justification and approval required from management)

  • Northern Italy (defined by a line to the North of, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini).
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Indonesia

3. If you want to know more on the latest news of Covid-19 category One and Two, or to have a better understanding you may refer to this link

4. The guidance for Italy, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam applies to individuals who returned from these specific areas on or after 10 March 2020. Please refer to the link for some updated countries that are affected.

5. You should self-isolate if you have returned from

  1. Any category 1 countries / areas in the last 14 days, whether you feel unwell or not
  2. Any category 2 countries / areas in the last 14 days, if you feel unwell with any of the following:
    -fever, or cough, of difficulty of breathing
  3. if a health professional advised that you have to self-isolate

6. “Self-isolate” means

  1. You should stay at home, do not attend classes, work or public areas
  2. Avoid having visitors to your home, except to have friends, family or delivery persons to drop off food, etc.
  3. Contact your health provider or medical doctor of your self-isolation and receive advice on the next step to notify the nearest doctor on virus testing or management.
  4. If you live in campus, contact the College for additional support on self-isolation. Please contact Registrar’s office or your Course Coordinator about your attendance and self-isolation.
  5. People are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
    – Older adults
    – People who have serious chronic medical conditions like: Heart disease, diabetes & lung disease
  6. 7. An official leave of absence will be given to all students who need to complete the quarantine or self-isolation.

    8. Should you feel unwell and need assistance during your quarantine,

    Students please contact HELP CAT Student Services at:
    Tel: +603 – 2788 2079 [From 9am to 5pm]
    Tel: +6011 – 39676874 [After 5pm]

    Staff please contact HELP CAT Human Resources at:
    Tel: +603 – 2788 2175 [From 9am to 5pm]
    Tel: Contact HR Manager, Ms. Meera Kanapidy [After 5pm]

    9. The College’s number one priority is the health and well-being of our community and we have a range of public health and infection control measures in place. This includes the distribution of posters and messages to encourage good hygiene practices, such regular and effective handwashing, coughing and sneezing hygiene. Hand sanitizer is also deployed at reception desks and other public contact areas and followed by thorough cleaning and disinfection premises.

    10. To better manage this threat, we will be limiting the entry points at our college and screening measures will be implemented at these designated entry points. There will be only two entry point; at the front college lobby and at the back near the lift. There will be a security service to check on the temperature for all staff, students and visitors.

    • It is compulsory for all staff/students and visitors from Basement Parking to check temperature at Level 1.
    • Staff/Students and visitors from the Back Entrance and Front Entrance need to go through temperature screening.
    • There will be a sticker given and you need to use it around the college compound to acknowledge that you have taken the screening measures.

    11. Avoid and prevent close contacts, face to face, with those tested positive for Covid-19 or in the public places. The only people who may need to stay away from work and campus are people with confirmed coronavirus, people who have been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, and people who have been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days.

CONTACT NUMBERS FOR MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 VIRUS

If you have travelled through any of the countries listed by the Malaysia Ministry of Health as a higher risk for COVID-19, or have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and you become unwell, seek medical advice and be tested for COVID-19. You should call ahead before attending and inform the medical service of your symptoms, travel history and concerns.

You should also call the:

  • Sungai Buloh Hospital +603-4165-4333 Ask for Extension 3115
    (for testing of Covid-19 if you have symptoms or have been in touch with any persons with positive confirmed case of Covid-19)
  • Seek help from our selected officer from our emergency contact or inform Student Services Department.
  • See any medical officers in private clinics who will refer you to the tight hospital for testing.

If someone you know appears ill and is showing symptoms of Covid-19 or flue, encourage them to seek medical assistance or report to the management immediately.
Submit an online Health & Travel Declaration Form*

    • if you have travelled overseas to Region 1 countries (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran or Japan) – for Self-Isolation
    • if you have travelled overseas to Region 2 countries and feel unwell after returning – for Self-Isolation
    • if you have not travelled overseas but feel unwell (due to exposure to positive infected persons or have symptoms of COVID-19) – for further medical treatment and absence from class / work and require assistance for Self-Isolation or further medical treatment.

CLICK HERE to access a form to fill in. Students to be send to Student Services and staff to be send to Human Resource Department.

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