All children, staff members at Superland Pre-school in Chinatown to be swabbed after COVID-19 cluster detected
SINGAPORE: All employees and children at Superland Pre-school in Chinatown will be swabbed for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure after five children and a staff member tested positive.
The pre-school at Kreta Ayer Community Centre was one of the three new COVID-19 clusters reported on Wednesday (Aug 11) by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
In reply to CNA's queries, the pre-school said on Thursday evening that all the confirmed cases were last present at the pre-school on Aug 6.
They had cleared "health checks" and temperature screening upon their arrival at the pre-school that day, it said.
"We were aware of the first case of a child who was confirmed positive on Aug 9,” added the pre-school.
"The child developed symptoms at home on Sunday, Aug 8, and visited the doctor on the same day."
The remaining cases were detected through testing. The staff member who was infected was fully vaccinated, said the pre-school.
In a response issued to CNA on Friday at noon, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) said that the affected staff and children are currently displaying mild or no symptoms.
The pre-school was closed on Aug 7 and will resume operations on Aug 21.
In MOH's daily update on Thursday night, more cases were added to the cluster, bringing the size of the cluster to 10.
Employees and children assessed to have been in close contact with the COVID-19 cases have been issued quarantine orders.
Other children and staff members recently at the centre and not on quarantine orders were given a leave of absence from Aug 11 to Aug 20.
Cleaning and disinfection work was carried out at the pre-school on Tuesday and Wednesday.
To ease any “potential burden” on parents while the children are at home, the pre-school has provided home-based learning kits to continue their education, Superland Pre-school said.
“The centre has been in close cooperation with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), MOH and parents on that matter.
“The health and safety of our children and staff are our highest priority. We are keeping in close contact with the parents of the affected children and also our staff to check on their well-being. We are also monitoring the health of the rest of our children and staff,” it added.
"To ensure that pre-schools remain a safe environment for children and staff, EDCA requires pre-schools to adopt stringent precautionary measures," said an ECDA spokesperson.
These measures include temperature and health screening up to three times a day, ensuring good personal and environment hygiene practices among children and staff, ensuring that children interact only within their respective classes and restricting visitors to the pre-schools.