CMU Epidemic Prevention Frontline: Special Report I-A Leading University in Campus Epidemic Prevention
Date：May 20, 2020
China Medical University (CMU) has made a brilliant example in the epidemic prevention of COVID-19. The CMU Epidemic Prevention Team has set up clear and decisive prevention measures, and has established “Prevention Contact Person” in each classes, in order to report epidemic information in time to ensure a safe and healthy campus. “As a leading university of epidemic prevention in Central Taiwan, we implement the highest standard for prevention. This is the social responsibility of a medical university,” said I-Hua Wei, Dean of Student Affairs.
The head of CMU Epidemic Prevention Team is Chairman Chang-Hai Tsai. In 2003, Chairman Tsai served as the commander of the “Central Taiwan Epidemic Command Center for SARS Prevention and Treatment”. He led the epidemic prevention work in six counties in central Taiwan, which were the only area in Taiwan where no nosocomial infection occurred.
President Mien-Chie Hung is the leader of the epidemic prevention team and has made significant contribution in the research & development for anti-coronovirus drugs. Vice-President Cheng-Chieh Lin and Vice-President Hung-Che Chiang serve as the associate coordinator of the epidemic prevention team. They both are very experienced in fighting against the flu epidemics. Moreover, CMU Epidemic Prevention Team consists of professionals in the fields of medicine, public health, and occupational safety. CMU has been authorized by the Ministry of Education to serve as an advisory university in central Taiwan, and has established a LINE group for prevention consultation and sharing experiences.
On January 13th, upon receiving notice from Ministry of Education about the outbreak of COVID-19, CMU Office of Student Affairs immediately established the “Contingency Plan for COVID-19 Prevention,” and then officially launched the “CMU Epidemic Prevention Team” on January 22nd. Since February, meeting is held daily for the update of prevention measures. After the domestic epidemic situation was slightly eased in late March, the meeting was held twice a week. Until May 1st, total of 54 prevention meetings were held.
First Task: Receiving Students Returning from China, Hong Kong, and Macau
- A temporary entry ban is imposed to Chinese citizens living in mainland China. Therefore, CMU arranged flexible study methods for the students that cannot enter Taiwan, including alternative methods for course selection, registration, performance assessment, leave/resumption of school, counseling assistance, etc.
- The dormitory arranged an “isolated area” to assist Hong Kong and Macau students undergo home quarantine or self-health management. When the students’ quarantine period ends, a disinfection was performed to assure a safe environment.
- CMU set up a “Contact group for self-health management” to take control of the situation of overseas Chinese students returning from Hong Kong and Macau. Students were asked to report their body temperature and health condition every day. CMU also arranged transportation and provided necessary supplies for students underwent home quarantine.
- CMU established a webpage for the epidemic prevention to update the latest information and CMU’s preventive measure.
- The Health Center Counseling and Guidance division established a counseling plan to care for the students who need to undergo home isolation, home quarantine, and self-health management.
Upgrade the Level of Epidemic Prevention before the Semester Start
- Accomplish the travel history and contact history survey of all CMU members with 100% responses, and guide with the quarantine and isolation measures.
- Implement the campus access control. CMU members can enter the campus with QR code or ID card verification. Visitors are required to fill out a health declaration form before entering.
- Set up a Self-Health Management System online to track and manage all CMU members’ health condition and to give medical advices when needed. All CMU members are required to report their health condition daily.
- Set up a Procedure for Fever Report to assist those with fever symptoms. An “Online Consultation” is also established with the China Medical University Hospital. With the “Online Consultation”, the doctors can consult the person feeling unwell and reduce the chances of going to the hospital.
- On February, CMU had completed the “Regulations for Epidemic Prevention for Group Activities.” Each department and office shall follow the regulation when holding activities to reduce the risk of group infection.
Facing the Rapid Global Epidemic Spread
- Establish a “Health Management Group for Those with Travel History in Epidemic Areas”, so the Health Center can manage the health condition of all CMU members in the group.
- Students are allowed to apply for “Epidemic Prevention Leave” if they need to undergo home isolation, home quarantine, or self-health management.
- Establish “Prevention Contact Person” in each classes and a LINE group to speed up the distribution of the latest epidemic prevention information and the report of students’ health condition.
- Distribute an epidemic prevention instruction for the mentors to assist them in giving guidance and care for the students.
- Work in accordance with the policy of the Central Epidemic Command Center and establish various forms to manage the travel history and contact history of the students.
- The Health Center reports daily to the Ministry of Education on the number CMU members of home isolation, home quarantine, self-health management, and with fever symptoms.
Keep up the Preventive Measures as the Epidemic Continues
- Continue to monitor CMU members’ health condition and the recovery status of those unwell students.
- Inspect the dormitory’s prevention work and reserve rooms for international students that need to undergo home quarantine. Divide the dormitory into two sections, the “quarantine area” and the “safe area.”
- Take care of the students who are unable to return to Taiwan, and provide help if they have any concerns about school enrollment or online courses.