ST Nicholas’ Home (SNH) in Penang has been ordered to close by the Health Ministry after several positive Covid-19 cases were detected at the premises.
The home’s assistant general manager Carmen Chew said thus far, five positive cases were reported with two cases on Thursday and another three on Friday.
“A total 52 residents and 17 staff members have been quarantined at the premises until Aug 12.
“Most of the residents and staff members are fully vaccinated except those who are below 19 years old.
“However, the chef who tested positive, has yet to receive his second dose.
“We have set up separate isolation centres for male and female residents with symptoms.
“To reduce human contact, we deliver packed food and water to their doorstep.
“We will take their temperatures three times a day and do oximetry screening daily,” she said in a phone interview.
Chew added that the home was in need of cash aid to sustain its daily operations especially during this time.
“We are a non-governmental organisation that depends solely on donations. We usually have a lot of walk-in donors but not anymore during the pandemic.
“Our sale of pastry and handicraft items have also been halted due to the movement control order. We could not provide massage services too.
“We are thankful that our three meals, fruits and the oximeters are all being taken care of by some kind people,” she said.
Meanwhile, Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee said he would try to provide aid to SNH.
“They don’t have to worry, I will ensure they have enough food and other amenities they need.
“We will ensure the supply of food is adequate during the quarantine period.
“In the coming days, we will provide more to ensure that they can ride out the storm,” he said.
Established as an orphanage in 1926, the home has since grown to become a fully residential training centre.
Those interested in helping SNH can call 018-988 5911, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your personal details (full name, NRIC, handphone number and home address).
SNH will issue a tax-exempt receipt within a month.