Shillong: Principal Secretary of the Meghalaya health department, Sampath Kumar, issued fresh entry and exit protocols for anyone coming to Meghalaya in wake of a surge in COVID-19 cases.
According to the notification issued on June 9, the following entry protocols will be with immediate effect:
Entry & Exit Protocol
It is mandatory for all people entering Meghalaya to register themselves prior to their travel at: http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm, and to download the Arogya Setu App and the Behavioural Change Management App of Meghalaya from Google play store.
(a) RT-PCR Testing at the Entry Points is mandatory for all persons visiting Meghalaya, irrespective of any other COVID-negative test reports.
(b) For all persons entering Meghalaya: Sample for RT-PCR testing shall be taken at the entry point on payment basis. Such persons shall proceed to their residence or place of stay and shall undergo home quarantine or paid quarantine for 7 days from the date of their arrival, regardless of their test results.
(c) Persons exiting Meghalaya on the same day will also be tested for RT-PCR and the result shall be communicated to them. On entry, they shall strictly confine to their place of work and exit on the same day.
- Exemption from Testing at Entry Points:
(a) Persons with a valid final certificate of vaccination shall be exempted from testing.
(b) Government officials, technical staff, logistics experts who are engaged to perform duties related to projects pertaining to the Health & Family Welfare, Power Department, Telecommunications and other agencies providing essential services to the State as certified by Home (Political) Department, Government of Meghalaya shall be exempted from testing at the Entry Points on production of RAT negative certificate or certificate of full vaccination. However, in case such persons do not possess any of the above-mentioned certificate, they shall be tested by RAT at the entry point. Further, movement of such persons shall be confined to their place of work and they shall strictly adhere to the health protocols.
Persons showing symptoms on arrival at the entry point will have to be mandatorily tested by RT-PCR even if they belong to category (a) and (b) above. Such persons shall proceed to their residence or place of stay and shall undergo home quarantine or paid quarantine for 7 (seven) days from the date of their arrival regardless of their test results. If tested positive, SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.
All persons tested by RT-PCR at the entry point should go into 7 (seven) home quarantine or paid quarantine regardless of the test results. The test results are usually available within 48 hours which shall be communicated through an SMS or can be checked online at www.coronamegh.in. If tested positive, SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.
i) All entrants are to closely monitor their health for 10 days from the date of entry into the State. Upon development of any symptoms of COVID-19, such individuals should self-report to the nearest healthcare facility/ANM/ ASHA worker. They can also report their symptoms on 14410 – State Level COVID helpline. All entrants will be monitored on a regular basis through IVRS calls from the Health Department.
It is also mandatory that all entrants should diligently follow the three recommended COVID-19 appropriate behaviour at all times, that is, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and practising hand hygiene.
Meghalaya continues to be under lockdown, which was recently extended till June 14. East Khasi Hills District has been under total lockdown since May 6, while other districts were on weekend lockdown. The state government was compelled to go under total lockdown last month after East Khasi Hills District was one of the worst Covid-hit districts.
Over a month’s lockdown, the state has now seen the curve flatten with active COVID-19 cases recorded on Wednesday was at 448 cases and 507 recovered cases. The total active cases in the state stand at 4,849, out of which 1,876 alone is in East Khasi Hills District. The total number of deaths till date is 694.