Bali: 11 hotel staff tested after Surabayan guests got Omicron
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) – At least 11 hotel workers in Bali who were close contacts of Surabayan tourists exposed to the Omicron variant underwent PCR swab tests on Monday, an official said.
“(Hotel guests exposed to the Omicron variant) only interacted with food servers and housekeeping staff. Today, 11 hotel staff members who were their close contacts have been tested by swab (PCR),” Bali health office director Dr Ketut said. Suarjaya, said in Denpasar on Monday.
According to Suarjaya, based on contact tracing of Surabayan tourists, their interaction with others during their stay in Bali was minimal as they occupied a villa equipped with a private swimming pool and other facilities.
Earlier, East Java authorities said the hotel guests visited Bali from December 20-25, 2021, but the hotel confirmed they stayed from December 11-15, 2021, it said. informed.
“Given the time, 14 days have passed, so the possibility of them being infected in Bali is very low,” he said.
If the guests stayed from Dec. 11 to 15, 2021, the incubation period for the virus has already passed, he explained. Additionally, according to the hotel’s statement, there were no ill employees or staff exposed to COVID-19 as of December 2021.
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“Because the employees had no symptoms and the incubation period has already ended, there was no action (no quarantine for hotel staff) other than waiting for the results of the swab PCR test and to continue to monitor (the situation), ” Suarjaya added.
It would be different if the patients infected with Omicron had remained in Bali at the end of December 2021, he said. Then their close contacts would have to quarantine for five days and take another COVID-19 test, he added.
“Hopefully this (infection of Surabayan guests) is not a sign of the Omicron variant (entering Bali). But we ask the public to stay calm and stay alert because the virus still exists,” he said. he declares.
Suarjaya also reminded Balinese to remain disciplined in applying 6M health protocols (wearing masks, washing hands, keeping distance, keeping away from crowds, reducing mobility and avoiding eating together) and encourage those who have not been vaccinated to contract COVID -19 strokes.
“Admittedly, so far no cases of Omicron have been detected in Bali, but there is a possibility because the gateways to Bali are open,” he remarked.
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