Chulalongkorn University cluster found 22 COVID-19 confirmed cases

As the BMA’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (BMA-CCSA) reported the case of employees of Chulalongkorn University who were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, Pol.Capt. Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, BMA Spokesman, revealed that 230 high risk contacts and 389 low risk contacts were found from the current disease investigation. Regarding this matter, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and related organizations have been working together to additionally detect COVID-19 infection among the high risk contacts and low risk contacts. At present, 22 COVID-19 confirmed cases are found and they are now hospitalized.

In this regard, the BMA has sent officers to conduct active case finding at Suan Luang Market where many Chulalongkorn University personnel like to go buying food and necessities. 437 have been tested, no additional COVID-19 infection is found.

Nevertheless, the BMA officers collected samples from 20 commonly and frequently touched points and COVID-19 was founded at a point where security guard officers have face scanning. Chulalongkorn University was informed of this matter and it had already cleaned the area as well as shops, commercial buildings, tenement houses, footpaths, and Suan Luang Square.

Moreover, on February 11, 2021, officers from the BMA Public Health Center 5 and Pathum Wan District Office had a site visit to provide advice on how to clean risk areas which include face scanning points and fingerprint scanning points at Service Building 1, Service Building 2, and Chamchuri Building 5. At Service Building 1, the face scanning is canceled, and the supervisor will check employee time and attendance instead. At Service Building 2, everyone must sign their name to check in to work using their own pen instead of face scanning. Handwashing stations using alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel are provided for all officers to clean their hands both before and after signing their names. As for Chamchuri Building 5, fingerprint scanning is still in use. However, people are informed to wash their hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel both before and after scanning.