Ewha Med J.  2022 Oct;45(4):e18. 10.12771/emj.2022.e18.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Response System at University Level: The Case of Safe Campus Model at Ewha Womans University

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Environmental Medicine, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Clinical Research Institute, Seegene Medical Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Laboratory Medicine Center, Seegene Medical Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Marketing, Seegene Medical Foundation, Seoul, Korea
  • 5Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
  • 6Department of Health Convergence, College of Science and Industry Convergence, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea
  • 7Graduate Program in System Health Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Ewha Medical Research Institute, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 8School of Biomedical Convergence Engineering, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea
  • 9Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Abstract

In response to the changes in the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic situation, Ewha Womans University established Ewha Safe Campus (ESC), an on-campus infection outbreak management system, to allow students and faculty members to safely resume face-to face classes in 2022. The COVID-19 testing station, Ewha Safe Station, is the core element of ESC. Symptomatic students and faculty members perform a combo swab self-PCR test or receive a nasopharyngeal swab PCR test from experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through early detection and management. ESC is significant in that it detects infection risks and proactively implements preemptive measures in a university. The COVID-19 health response system model at the university level was applied for the first time in South Korea, reaching a milestone in the history of university health in South Korea. In particular, it is highly valuable that the test was free of charge, as it enabled all of the examinees to have easy access to the test through joint cooperation with the Seegene Medical Foundation. This is a successful example of cooperation between schools and private institutions for public health improvement. In the future, the direct and indirect effects of the establishment and implementation of ESC need to be evaluated and confirmed, and areas requiring improvements need to be identified in preparation for another infectious disease outbreak in the future.

Keyword

COVID-19; Ewha Safe Campus; Ewha Safe Station; Nasal swab

Figure

  • Fig. 1. The EWU COVID-19 testing areas (ESSs). The map of Ewha Safe Stations. The combo swab testing area and symptomatic testing area were separately operated. COVID-19, Coronavirus disease 2019.


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