All 18 have been found to be asymptomatic.
The facility has 45 students and 17 staff and more test reports are awaited. The order was passed after the deputy collector and sub-divisional (SDO) magistrate Ponda requested that it be declared a micro-containment zone.
The collector has notified a rapid response team lead by deputy collector and SDO Ponda, Pradeep Naik to investigate into the outbreak and initiate control measures. The collector has also set out an action plan of screening suspects, testing suspected cases, quarantine and isolation, roping in health officials, police, fire, municipal officials besides others.
Health officers have been directed to prepare a list of persons found sick and carry out RT-PCR tests of all such cases as well as close contacts of positive cases.
The health department has also been directed to test all cases with severe acute respiratory infection and influenza like illnesses and other symptoms and depute special teams for house-to-house surveillance.
The facility will continue to be a micro-containment zone until the recovery of the last patient. Police have been directed not to permit movement outside the hostel except for medical emergencies and essential good and services.