The 2nd floor of Medicine Block of AMCH, Dibrugarh has been sealed Credit: Representational image

Tinsukia: The Dibrugarh district administration in Assam has sealed the second floor of the Medicine Block of Assam Medical College & Hospital (AMCH) after detection of two COVID-19 cases in the wards.

The patients, one with travel history to Mumbai and the other from Chennai, tested negative twice in their earlier testings.

According to the order of the deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh Pallav Gopal Jha, in view of detection of two positive COVID-19 cases in the wards of 2nd floor of Medicine Block of Assam Medical College & Hospital Dibrugarh, who were shifted to this hospital from quarantine centres of Charaideo and Dibrugarh due to development of severe symptoms into the SARI ward of the AMCH, the second floor of the medicine block has been sealed for containment of the spread of the coronavirus.

“The 2nd floor of Medicine Block of AMCH (SARI) is the epicenter, now declared as containment zone and the entire Medicine block of AMCH is declared as buffer zone having boundary – Cardiology Ward/Deptt. of AMCH in north, Central Kitchen of AMCH in east, ENT Block of AMCH in South and Bye Lane/ Ophthalmology Department in west,” the order read.

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It further said that strict perimeter control should be enacted in the containment zone i.e. clear entry and exit points to be established. “Persons entering and exiting the Containment Zone shall be restricted and sanitized as per protocol. No movement to be allowed except medical emergencies and essential services.”

People transiting to be recorded and followed through IDSP, said the order.

According to sources, the authority has started contact tracing of the persons who might have come into the contact with the patients during their stay in the ward.

“Altogether seven doctors, two nurses and one ward boy have been sent for quarantine. After contact tracing, whoever is found to be in direct contact will be sent for quarantine and their swab samples will be collected,” source said, adding: Altogether 30 persons have been identified so far for swab testing.

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Earlier, on June 1, the district administration of Tinsukia had declared one of the line of Tongona TE in the district as containment zone after a field case was detected from the area.

“The entire are of Tongona TE outside the containment zone was declared as buffer zone.”

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