How to control?
The isolation areas are intended to avoid or restrict direct contact with the potentially sick person (showing signs and symptoms and epidemiological link compatible with the definition of Suspected Case) and allow social distance , in relation to the rest of the academic community.
UAlg will immediately provide the following isolation areas:
Isolation areas of the Gambelas Campus
Isolation areas of the Penha Campus
CEUAlg will analyze the evolution of the situation at the University, proceeding with the readjustment of the isolation areas according to the needs.
The isolation areas are ventilated, with smooth, washable coverings and are equipped with a telephone / mobile phone, armchair, kit with water and some non-perishable foods, waste container (with non-manual opening and plastic bag), alcohol-based antiseptic solution (available inside and at the entrance of this area), paper towels, surgical mask (s), disposable gloves, thermometer.
Next to the isolation area there will be a properly equipped sanitary installation, with a soap dispenser and paper towels, for the exclusive use of the person in isolation. The location and routes to the temporary isolation areas are marked with appropriate signs and are communicated by email to the academic community.
“Close Contact” is considered to be a member of the academic community who has no symptoms at the moment (asymptomatic), but who had or may have had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
The type of exposure of the close contact will determine the type of surveillance.
Close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may be:
1) “High risk of exposure”, which is defined as:
a) Member of the academic community, from the same workplace (office, room, section, area up to 2 metres, of the patient);
b) Member of the academic community who has been face-to-face with the Confirmed Case or who was with him/her in a closed space;
c) Member of the academic community who shared with the Confirmed Case crockery (plates, glasses, cutlery), towels or other objects or equipment that may be contaminated with sputum, blood, respiratory droplets.
2) “Low exposure risk” is defined as:
a) Member of the academic community who had sporadic (momentary) contact with the Confirmed Case (e.g. in movement / circulation during which exposure to respiratory droplets / secretions through face-to-face conversation for more than 15 minutes, coughing or sneezing);
b) Member(s) of the academic community who provided assistance to the Confirmed Case, provided that they followed the preventive measures (e.g. proper use of the mask and gloves; respiratory label; hand hygiene).
For the purpose of managing contacts, the Local Health Authority, in close coordination with CEUAlg, should:
a) Identify, list and classify close contacts (including casual contacts);
b) Proceed with the necessary follow-up of contacts (call daily, inform, advise and refer, if necessary).
In addition to basic hygiene measures, the procedures for active surveillance of Close Contacts should include, depending on the risk of exposure, the following guidelines:
In addition to basic hygiene measures, active surveillance procedures should, in these cases, include the following guidelines:
> Be aware of the appearance of fever, cough or difficulty breathing;
> Measure body temperature twice a day and record the values;
> Maintain academic and professional activities while asymptomatic;
> Avoid crowded and closed places, socially, if it is not essential;
> Check if any of the people with whom you have close contact develop symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing);
> Call the SNS24 helpline (80824 24 24), in case any of the above-mentioned symptoms appear (in the person or in the persons living with him or her).