Following the Presidential Proclamation No. 297, the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) issued a memorandum on Tuesday, July 25 regarding the modified COVID-19 health protocols to be implemented in the University.
Stated in the latest memorandum that filling out the health declaration in ThOMedSS will no longer be mandatory, ONLY individuals who show symptoms of cough, cold, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or sore throat with or without a fever will be required to complete the health declaration form.
However, the OSG also reminded the Thomasian community that health protocols and measures for confirmed COVID-19 cases will continue to be implemented for everyone’s safety.
The University will continue to comply with the updated isolation instructions from the Department of Health (DOH) circular no. 2023-0324.
The use of facemask is still strongly advised in crowded locations and indoor spaces with poor ventilation, particularly for immunocompromised, unvaccinated, elderly, and vulnerable populations with comorbidities.
In September 2022, the university already permitted the voluntary use of face masks in outdoor spaces inside the campus.
According to the OSG, vaccination for COVID-19 boosters is still highly advised to increase their protection against the disease.
The OSG again encouraged the whole Thomasian community to take good care of their health and always be aware of their habits.
The new memorandum was issued after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. signed the said proclamation, lifting the state of public health emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19 on Friday, July 21.