Press Release

27 COVID-19 Positive Cases at MINDSville @ Napiri

  • Jun 02, 2021
  • MSF

27 persons at MINDSville @ Napiri Adult Disability Home (“the Home”) located at Lorong Napiri have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes Case 63924 announced in the Ministry of Health’s 1 June update, a 37-year old female Singaporean who is a resident at the Home. She developed a runny nose and cough on 29 May and subsequently a fever on 30 May. She was conveyed to a polyclinic the next day, where she underwent both an antigen rapid test (ART) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Both tests came back positive on 31 May. Details of 4 more cases to be announced by MOH today can be found in the Annex. Another 22 have preliminarily tested positive.

2. Upon the confirmation of Case 63924, the Home immediately took additional measures to ensure the health and well-being of all residents and staff. Testing has been administered for all 255 residents and staff at MINDSville. Of the 27 cases, 23 were asymptomatic and were discovered through proactive testing. Those who presented with symptoms were promptly isolated, while awaiting their swab test results. 23 of the 27 cases are residents, while the rest are staff.

3. The Home has also halted all admissions to and discharges from the Home, disallowed all visitors, and completed a thorough cleaning and disinfection of its premises. These were on top of measures that had already been put in place earlier, which include organising residents into cohorts and staff into split teams, and restricting resident cohorts and staff teams to pre-designated zones within the Home.

4. All other residents, staff and other close contacts including clients, visitors and vendors, have been placed on quarantine, and will be regularly tested during quarantine. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) is working closely with the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

5. The Adult Disability Home is managed by MINDS under the purview of SG Enable (SGE), and funded by MSF. The Home has been implementing Safe Management Measures according to MSF’s advisories for all residential and community-based facilities since the COVID-19 situation began last year. These precautionary measures include restriction of visitors, restriction of movement within the Home’s premises and avoidance of cross-deployment, suspension of large group and communal activities, wearing of masks by staff, health checks and twice-daily temperature screening for all staff and residents. 91% of the staff and residents of the Home were also been vaccinated in the vaccination exercises conducted in February and March 2021.

6. Since the start of the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) on 16 May 2021, the Home has further reduced the number of pre-registered visitors of clients allowed into the premises from four to two. Staff who are caring for those in isolation rooms are geared in full Personal Protective Equipment. All staff were reminded to limit their movements and activities outside the Home.

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Case 63949 is a 30 year-old female Philippines national who works as a nursing aide at MINDSville@Napiri. She developed a runny nose, cough and sore throat on 29 May but did not seek medical attention. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 63924[1], she was placed on quarantine on 1 June and tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 1 June. Her serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 63949 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 17 February and the second dose on 11 March.

Case 63950 is a 55 year-old female Singaporean who is a resident at MINDSville@Napiri. She developed a runny nose on 31 May. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 63924, she was placed on quarantine on 1 June and tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 1 June. Her serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 63950 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 5 February and the second dose on 26 February.

Case 63961 is a 64 year-old female Singaporean who is a resident at MINDSville@Napiri. She developed a runny nose on 1 June and was tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 1 June. Her serology test result is pending. Case 63961 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 5 February and the second dose on 26 February.

Case 63962 is a 47 year-old female Singaporean who is a resident at MINDSville@Napiri. She developed a fever on 1 June and was tested for COVID-19 on the same day. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 1 June. Her serology test result is pending. Case 63962 received her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on 5 February and the second dose on 26 February.

1 Case 63924 is a 37 year-old female Singaporean who is a resident at MINDSville@Napiri. She was confirmed to have COVID-19 infection on 31 May.


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