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Uni runs drill to prepare for reopening amid virus

ALTHOUGH authorities have not decided when to reopen schools yet, the East China University of Science and Technology has carried out a drill on organizing campus activities and emergency management on its branch campus in Fengxian District.

“The drill is to check our plans on epidemic control and prevention, as well as emergency management, to prepare for reopening of our university,” said Li Tao, vice president of the university.

Around 100 people, including security staff, medical staff, teachers and students, took part in the drill.

Before the drill, Wang Caizhi, deputy director of the Infectious disease control division of the Fengxian District Center for Disease Control and Prevention, delivered training for teachers and students who participated in the drill.

He explained different categories of masks for different scenarios and showed how to wash hands and put on or take off protective suits correctly.

The drill included five sessions carried out at five locations in the university — its north gate, the fourth dorm compound for students, the first canteen on the campus, the university hospital and the teachers’ apartment building.

Students were required to enter the university from the north gate of the campus.

They had to show their identities and have temperature checks at the entry.

Those with a temperature at or above 37.3 Celsius degrees would be guided to a recheck point.

If their temperatures did not fall in rechecks, they would be asked to put on masks and wait for ambulance to send them to a designated hospital. The university arranged staff to accompany them to the hospital too.

Those ruled out of infection would be put into quarantine at a designated area after returning to campus.

They would go into a room via a channel exclusively for fever patients.

There were basic articles for daily use and disinfectants in the room, as well as notes telling them about rules for disinfection, dining and garbage disposal during the 14-day quarantine.

According to the rules, meals would be dropped at the door by service staff while quarantined people have to drop their waste at the door to avoid direct contact with each other.

The corridors and other public areas would be disinfected regularly.

Identities and temperatures checks are also needed when entering the dorm compound.

They were given a timetable to use the bathroom to shower in turns to prevent gathering.

In the dining section, after having their temperatures taken, teachers and students were separated into several lines to avoid crowding and took packed food back to dorm.


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