In a move to ensure the campus stays safe, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) revealed in an email to students that it will offer free COVID-19 testing to all its hall residents.
“To keep all hall residents and our campus community safe, the University, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, will offer COVID-19 swab testing to new and returning hall residents,” the NTU President’s Office said in an email sent to students on Monday (7 December).
NTU added, “Hall residents are strongly encouraged to undertake the swab test. This is part of the Government’s efforts to expand the COVID-19 testing regime to selected community groups”.
The University went on to state that testing will assist them to “better monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 and contain any asymptomatic cases in the community quickly”, especially in a communal living environment that “may pose increased risk of community transmission”.
In order to be eligible to book a test, hall residents must not have any COVID-19 symptoms or be serving any quarantine, stay-home notice or leave of absence.
As to when the free testing will take place, NTU noted that it will happen from 4 to 15 January next year, and new and returning hall residents can start booking their slots online from now until 18 December.
“The COVID-19 testing will be using antigen rapid tests (ARTs). The ARTs involve a nasal swab from the lower part of the nose,” NTU said.
It added, “Hall residents who are tested ART positive will require a separate confirmatory COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to ascertain if they are infected with COVID-19.”
Residents will also be required to self-isolate and reduce exposure to others while waiting for the PCR results to be out.
“Those who are confirmed COVID-19 cases will be conveyed via ambulance to an appropriate care facility and receive medical treatment under NTU’s insurance scheme for students,” NTU said.
The University also added that NTU’s Graduate Hall 1 will be set as a temporary isolation facility for “any full-time student who needs a temporary place to stay if they are required to self-isolate”.
This will be given to them for free for those who have no local residence or whose homes are not suitable for self-isolation, while they wait for their PCR swab test result to be released.