Chandigarh COVID-19: Latest status update on samples taken and results of testing:

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Latest status update on samples taken and results of testing:

1. The sample of Driver from Zirakpur who was primary contact of COVID-19 positive female resident of Chandigarh has tested negative for COVID-19 and has been discharged (Home Quarantine).

2. A Young Female resident of Chandigarh with history of travel to USA admitted in isolation ward of GMSH-16 has turned out to be negative for COVID-19 and has been discharged (Home Quarantine).

3. A young Male resident of Mohali with travel history of New Zealand admitted in the CD-ward of PGI has turned out to be negative for COVID-19 and has been discharged (Home Quarantine).

4. A young male resident of Chandigarh with history of travel to Toronto, Canada admitted in CD-ward PGIMER has turned out to be negative for COVID-19 (Home Quarantine).

5. A middle aged resident of Mohali with history of travel to UK admitted in Isolation ward of GMSH-16 has turned out to be positive for COVID-19.

6. Three contacts (neighbors of positive COVID-19 case) residents of Chandigarh admitted at GMCH-32. All have turned out to be negative for COVID-19 and have been discharged (Home Quarantine).

7. Young female resident of Panchkula, Haryana with travel history to UK admitted at Isolation ward of GMSH-16, has been sampled for COVID-19 today.

8. Young female resident of Zirakpur, Punjab with travel history to Qatar admitted at isolation ward of GMSH-16, has been sampled for COVID-19 today.

9. A young male resident of Zirakpur, Punjab with travel history to Qatar admitted at isolation ward of GMSH-16, has been sampled for COVID-19 today.

10. A young male (secondary contact of positive COVID-19 case) resident of Chandigarh has been sampled at GMCH-32 for COVID-19 today.

11. An elderly male resident of Chandigarh with no travel history has been sampled at GMCH-32 for COVID-19 today.

12. A young female (secondary contact of positive COVID-19 case) resident of Mohali, Punjab has been sampled at PGIMER for COVID-19 today 

13. A female child resident of Mohali, Punjab with travel history to New Zealand has been sampled at PGIMER for COVID-19 today.

COVID-19 Situation:

Global Scenario: 2,70,971 lab Confirmed COVID-19 Cases & 11,395 Deaths due to COVID-19.

India Situation: 250 Lab confirmed COVID-19 cases & 4 Deaths.

Chandigarh Status: 5 lab confirmed case with no deaths due to COVID-19.

Chandigarh COVID-19 Status Update:

New passengers enrolled today Total Number of Passengers under Surveillance Total Number of Samples of UT Chandigarh Collected for COVID-19 to date Total Number of Samples of UT Chandigarh Tested for COVID-19 Total Number of Samples of UT Chandigarh found Positive for COVID-19 Total Number of Samples of UT Chandigarh found negative

for COVID-19 Total number of samples of UT Chandigarh where result awaited

36 (34*+ 2) 434 39 37 5 32 2

Note: Result of two samples of Punjab is also awaited.

*list of passengers with travel history to affected countries shared by Government of India.

Out of the 434 passengers, presently 370 passengers are under Home Quarantine and 64 have completed home quarantine/ migrated to other states. 

Following are the steps taken by Chandigarh Health Department to tackle the Novel Corona virus (nCoV) threat:- 

Preparedness:- Isolation wards and ventilators are in place at all the 3 major hospitals of U.T. Chandigarh i.e. PGIMER, GMCH-32 and GMSH-16 & Adequate stock of Logistics is available with all the designated government hospitals.

Community surveillance and contact tracing:-

Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) cell is fully engaged in surveillance and contact tracing in community as well as surveillance of foreign guests from affected countries in Chandigarh hotels. Special formats for reporting from hotels to be filled at time of booking. All the MPHWs and Sanitary Beldars under NVBDCP are actively engaged in doing follow up of the passengers put under home quarantine for strict compliance as per guidelines of Government of India.

1. Thermal scanners are being used for screening purposes at High Court, District Courts, UT-Secretariat, DC Office and other major buildings of Chandigarh.

2. Special teams have been deployed to carry out Sanitization activities at High Court, District Courts and other major buildings of Chandigarh.

3. Screening of foreign national and others with history of travel to affected countries is being done at all the Hotels in UT-Chandigarh. 

4. Food and Safety Department under Health Department UT-Chandigarh is creating awareness regarding COVID-19 among hotels in UT-Chandigarh.

IEC Activities:- 

1. IEC activities are in full swing amongst general public as well as school and colleges. 4,425 students of 18 schools and 4 colleges have been made aware about nCoV. 1,00,809 houses have been covered and pamphlet distribution about do’s and don’ts with regard to nCoV has been done. Media bytes to various TV channels have also been given to create awareness amongst public. Advisories/ Press Notes have been issued/ released several times.

2. Social Media: The audio / visual clips have been made and put on the social media for mass awareness in U.T Chandigarh.

3. Public address system: The roundabouts, where the public address system is available are being made to publicize the public on the do’s and don’ts of Corona virus.

4. News paper advertisements: The IEC (Information Education and Communication) material issued by the Govt. of India has been sent to the DPR, U.T Chandigarh for advertisements in the news papers of the U.T Chandigarh. 

5. Media awareness: The media is updated as to do’s and don’ts to be published in vernaculars of local editions for board awareness and sensitivity of the Corona virus.

6. Audio Clips on FM: Audio clips on COVID-19 are being aired on FM extensively.

7. Messages are playing on scroll in Local Cable TV channels. 

8. A comic book regarding COVID-19 received from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI, New Delhi was circulated through email among schools for dissemination of information about COVID-19 among school students.

9. Standies regarding COVID-19 have been installed at entry point’s at all major hotels.

10. Mega phone announcements regarding preventive steps for COVID-19 are being done in Market places and slums of UT-Chandigarh.

11. Large scale distribution of pamphlets about Dos and Don’ts for COVID-19 is being done at public places in UT-Chandigarh.

Trainings: 

 On 13th February, 2020, 50 AYUSH and Allopathic doctors were sensitized regarding 2019 – novel Coronavirus (nCoV) at State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, GMSH-16, Chandigarh.

 On 14th February, 2020; 40 health personnel were trained regarding sampling, packaging & transportation procedures for sample of suspected novel Coronavirus patients by a team of doctors and technicians from department of virology, PGIMER.

 On 18th& 19th February, 2020: 120 Health Personnel (Doctors and Paramedical staff) were trained regarding various aspects of COVID-19 at GMCH-32. 

 On 03rd March, 2020: Emergency staff nurses, ward servants and security staff of GMSH-16 were sensitized about disinfection procedures in hospitals in wake of COVID-19.

 On 04th March, 2020: Approximately 75 health care providers including HODs of all the Departments, Specialists, Medical Officers, Laboratory Technicians, Sister In charges of all wards, staff nurses and ward servants were sensitized regarding COVID-19. 

 National Training of Trainers (nToT) for COVID-19 was held at New Delhi on 6th March and was attended by 5 experts from UT-Chandigarh. (One from Health Department, UT-Chandigarh, two from PGIMER and two from GMCH-32).

 On 11th March, 2020: 50 health personnel (Nursing Tutors, Nursing Students and emergency staff) of GMSH-16 were sensitized about Universal precautions, Hand washing Techniques and PPE.

 On 12th March, 2020: 200 health personnel (Sanitary Inspectors from MC Chandigarh, ANMs, LHVs and Staff nurses) of GMSH-16 were sensitized about Universal precautions, Hand washing Techniques and PPE.

 On 13th March, 2020: 85 health personnel (ANMs, LHVs & administrative staff of NHM) of GMSH-16 were sensitized about Universal precautions, Hand washing Techniques and PPE.   

 On 14th March, 2020: 144 health personnel (MPHS, MPHW and Sanitary Beldars) of NVBDCP were sensitized about field interventions and screening procedures to be followed for COVID-19.

 On 14th March, 2020: 120 health personnel (Medical Officers, Faculty, Specialists & Interns) of all the designated hospitals for COVID-19) were sensitized by Master Trainers of COVID-19.

 On 16th March, 2020: 101 health personnel (Medical Officers, Dental /Ayush Doctors) were sensitized about COVID-19 by the Master Trainers.

 On 19th March, 2020: 25 staff members of Dietetic Department of GMSH-16 and 35 newly engaged Sanitary Beldars were sensitized about the preventive aspects of COVID-19.

 On 20th March, 2020: 123 personnel (100 from other Government Departments of UT-Chandigarh) and 23 staff members of Dietetic Department of GMSH-16 were sensitized about preventive aspects of COVID-19.

New: On 21st March, 2020: 28 personnel were trained for handling suspects at quarantine facility (8 hotel staff of Park View, 4 from Housing Board, 4 from Panchayat Bhawan, 2 from State transport authority and 10 safai karamcharis from PGI)

24 x 7 Helpline & Control Room call record for COVID-19: Total 464 Calls have been attended in UT-Chandigarh for COVID-19 till date.

Helpline 9779558282: 456 Calls

Chandigarh Control Room Number: 0172-2752038: 8 Calls

State Surveillance Unit (IDSP), 

SCO: 64-65, 2nd Floor, Sector-17 D, Chandigarh (UT)

(Office) 0172-2722338 & 2740408, (Helpline) 9779558282

Chandigarh Control Room Number: 0172-2752038

National Helpline Number for nCoV: 011-23978046

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