CHANDIGARH (Shiv Narayan Jangra) : The Punjab Government issued the advisory regarding the quarantine of returnees from outside the country asymptomatic contacts in the hotel/private facilities. Disclosing this official spokesperson of the Punjab Government said that the Government has allowed the quarantine of all the returnees from outside the country at private quarantine facilities. All such persons who are either “asymptomatic on arrival” or “who have similar symptoms but test negative for COVID-19” on arrival shall be kept in strict quarantine- at home or private facilities, as per the option of such person.
He said that a large number of facilities such as hotels, service apartments, lodges etc. are unoccupied due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism. Similarly, there may be instances where people do not have requisite space at home and may opt for a private facility for quarantine.
The spokesperson said that the guidelines for quarantine at such private facilities have been laid under this advisory. He said that Guidelines for the Facility managers says that a facility manager shall ensure the certain things before opting to offer his/her private facility for this model which include that the quarantine and isolation facility (applicable only if home/private facility isolation is permitted by GoP) will not co-exist and the facility owner will have a choice to dedicate the facility for either of the two. These facilities will offer single room with attached washrooms on paid basis to contacts. The tariff for the accommodation and services shall be fixed by the facility in consultation with the Government and shall be widely publicized. The tariff shall be properly explained to the interested person who opts for such facility beforehand. Such facility that opts for both quarantine and isolation (though not presently permissible) will have to have earmark separate areas for keeping suspect cases and confirmed cases and shall ensure that no inter-mingling of these two categories happen at any time. The contact opting for such quarantine facility will give an undertaking. The facility owner of the quarantine shall make such additional arrangements as she/he shall ensure the availability of the doctor on daily basis. The doctor shall monitor the contacts in quarantine facilities once a day on basic parameters — temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and pulse oxymetry and keep a record of the same with regard to all contacts in the facility. The doctor engaged by the facility will inform the District Surveillance Officer regarding the list of contacts admitted to such facility and their health status on daily basis. The facility should network with an approved laboratory for testing samples as per the ICMR guidelines. The quarantined persons should not be allowed to meet visitors, including relatives. They can, however, talk on phone. The facility shall provide Wi-Fi facility and ensure that the client downloads the COVA App (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.gov.punjab.cova&hl=en_IN) on mobile and it should remain active at all times (through Bluetooth and location service). The facility should train its staff to call 108 free Ambulance service or any other Ambulance as per requirement.