NUS Bukit Timah campus shuts food stall after vaccinated part-time staff tests positive for COVID-19

The Summit food stall at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Bukit Timah campus will be closed until further notice, after it was reported that a part-time stall assistant was tested positive for the COVID-19, said the campus in a statement on Friday (30 Apr).

“The individual is currently receiving medical treatment and is doing well. We wish the individual a speedy recovery,” it stated.

The part-time stall assistant is a fully vaccinated 39-year-old woman Vietnam national, who works as a cleaner at a community care facility at Tuas South.

According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the woman dons full personal protection equipment (PPE) at work, including N95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves.

She also periodically helps out at The Summit food stall located at the NUS’ Bukit Timah campus.

MOH stated that the woman received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on 27 January, and the second dose on 19 February.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is effective in preventing symptomatic disease for the vast majority of those vaccinated, but it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected,” said the Ministry.

MOH noted that the woman is asymptomatic, and was detected when she was tested on 26 April as part of Rostered Routine Testing (RRT).

“Her pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day, and she was conveyed in an ambulance to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). An individual test was done on 27 April, and her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection,” it added.

NUS noted that the food stall will be closed down until further notice, and that deep cleaning disinfection has already been carried out at the stall.

It added that those who are identified as close contacts have been issued with Quarantine Orders and urged others who had been to the food stall on the following dates and times to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.

  • 15 April between 7.30am and 3.40pm,
  • 19 April between 7.30am and 3.50pm,
  • 22 April between 7.30am and 3.40pm;
  • 27 April between 7.20am and 9.40am.

“They should see a doctor promptly if they develop symptoms of acute respiratory infection (such as cough, sore throat and runny nose), as well as fever and loss of taste or smell, and inform the doctor of their exposure history,” it noted.

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