Hotel turned into a center for arrivals from abroad

Qian Tong
Jiading District put isolation centers for medical observation into operation after the Shanghai required all passengers arriving from overseas to be quarantined for 14 days.
Qian Tong

In the fight against COVID-19, Jiading District put a batch of isolation centers for medical observation into operation after the city government required all passengers arriving from overseas to be quarantined for 14 days.

Training, discussions, rehearsals and renovation of venues had been going on repeatedly to prepare for the arrival of these “special guests.”

One center is a hotel in Zhenxin Subdistrict, according to Chen Ye, director of the isolation center.

The hotel was turned into an isolation center at 8pm on March 27 after around 20 medical workers from the local community health center had arrived.

They covered the hotel carpets in plastic to make sterilization easier and divided the hotel into three areas — clean, contaminated and semi-contaminated.

Hotel staff were responsible for security work and maintaining order. The community committee staff completed disinfection procedures and handled logistics, while a medical group was responsible for registration and temperature checks.

On March 31, the center received its first group of arrivals from overseas.

“It’s really strict here. Everyone from the airport to the hotel takes it very seriously. We definitely respect and support Shanghai’s policies,” a man from Thailand said.

To reduce the risk of infection, the staff at the center have no direct contact with returnees.

For example, three meals a day will be placed at their room doors and garbage left outside will be collected regularly.

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