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Advisory to dormitory operators - Managing Omicron variant cases in dormitories

Issued on 31 December 2021

  1. Ministry of Health has announced that Omicron cases will follow the same healthcare protocols as other COVID-19 cases. Similarly, migrant workers in the dormitories who are infected with the Omicron variant and their close contacts will follow existing healthcare protocols for other COVID-19 cases:
    • Fully vaccinated workers who tested positive for COVID-19 will recover at the dormitory recovery facility (DRF) or centralised recovery facility (CRF) for up to 10 days. Unvaccinated workers who tested positive for COVID-19 will recover at a community isolation facility (CIF) or hospital depending on their condition.
    • All close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases (regardless of variant) in the dormitories will be placed on Health Risk Warning (HRW) for 7 days. They will be required to:
      • On Day 1 of the HRW issuance: Perform a mandatory ART self-test under supervision. If the ART result is negative, they will be allowed to leave the dormitory and go to work.
      • On Day 2 - Day 7 of HRW issuance: They should test negative for their ART on the same day before leaving the dormitory for work and other activities.

    What to do as a dormitory operator
  2. International evidence has shown that the Omicron variant is likely to be more transmissible than the Delta variant. We require you, as a FEDA dormitory operator, to continue to ensure adequate isolation and recovery facilities in your dormitory, in anticipation of a potential surge of COVID-19 cases. This is part of the dormitory's obligations under the Foreign Employee Dormitory Act and COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. You should have at least 10 isolation beds per 1,000 bed spaces as isolation facility, with an additional 15 isolation beds per 1,000 bed spaces set aside which can be also used as recovery facilities. Refer to the advisory on management of dormitory recovery facility for more information.
  3. Please also ensure that you and your dormitory management team are ready to manage any surge or high number of COVID-19 cases. You should:
    • Ensure the accuracy of the nominal roll for the proper management of migrant workers in your dormitory. You should track the mismatches in the Safe@Dorm QR code scans and rectify any errors in the nominal roll promptly.
    • Ensure that you have enough manpower and resources to manage a potential surge in COVID-19 cases.
    • Familiarise yourself and your dormitory management team with the operational processes if the residents are found to be COVID-19 positive.
    • Ensure proper operation of the DRF and conveyancing of workers to CRFs.
    • Conduct a table-top exercise with your dormitory management team to walk through the dormitory response, particularly in the event of a rapid increase in the number of your dormitory residents infected with COVID-19.
  4. You should also remind your dormitory residents on the importance of adhering to safe management measures and maintaining good personal hygiene. They should report sick if they are feeling unwell.
  5. We have prepared simple guidelines for you to share with your dormitory residents.
  6. For further queries, please contact us at .