- 29 residents and caregivers of a shelter home in PJ tested positive for covid-19.
- 30 individuals were tested, 29 were confirmed positive with covid-19 infection.
Covid-19 Outbreak At Shelter Home In Petaling Jaya
A total of 29 residents and caregivers of a shelter home in Jalan Pekaka 8/11, Kota Damansara, had tested positive for Covid-19, according to the latest information available.
Caretaker Tan CS said that the shelter accommodates people with mental disabilities who are between the ages of 20 and 78.
Initially, three of the home’s residents were unwell with fever. He took them to a private clinic, where it was confirmed that they were positive with Covid-19 infection.
“Soon, more people in the home started coughing and having a fever, and I became very worried. I got help from a private clinic to test everyone.”
“We tested 30 people, including the five caretakers. All except one were positive. Some became more unwell shortly thereafter. The authorities sent ambulances to take six of our occupants to be admitted at Hospital Sungai Buloh on Oct 9,” he said in a statement with The Star.
Tan said that the other individuals were placed under home quarantine, and he expressed gratitude that all of them are recovering and that no one is in serious condition.
Tan said that the home’s administration paid about RM5,000 for private Covid-19 testing, and that the facility is running short on finances, and he hoped that the public would be able to contribute.
“We just need some Covid-19 testing kits, vitamins, cleaning supplies, gloves, adult diapers and food supplies such as instant noodles, milk powder and cereal,” Mr Tan pleaded.
According to Datuk Johary Anuar, head of the Petaling district disaster management committee, the home’s residents are in a stable condition.
“They are not in a critical stage and we are in constant communication with the home through the phone.”
“The Health Department visited the home once, but we are on standby in case anyone needs to be sent to the hospital. However, they are recovering well,” Datuk Anuar added.