CORONAVIRUS/Taipei hospital suspends most ER services as 8 staffers contract COVID

06/09/2021 07:27 PM
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Taipei City Hospital's Yangming Branch. CNA photo June 9, 2021

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Taipei City Hospital's Yangming Branch has temporarily stopped almost all emergency room (ER) services, as eight of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.

The cluster infection likely began on June 2 when doctors and nurses in the hospital's emergency room were attending to a COVID-19 patient, who was vomiting, CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) said at a press briefing.

The ER staff was later tested for COVID-19, and eight of them were found Tuesday to be infected, Lo said.

The hospital, located in Taipei's Shilin District, immediately suspended its ER service for six days, except for emergency testing and treatment of COIVD-19 patients, Lo said.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chen Chieh-ling and Joseph Yeh)

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