CORONAVIRUS/Infections linked to Taoyuan military hospital rise to 14

06/21/2021 06:22 PM
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The Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital. Google Maps photo
The Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital. Google Maps photo

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) Another COVID-19 case related to the Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital was reported on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases linked to the hospital to 14.

In a Facebook live stream after a municipal pandemic-prevention meeting, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said the hospital will suspend emergency room services, outpatient clinics and admissions until June 24.

As of Sunday night, four patients (in the same ward), five caregivers, two nurses, and two relatives of patients had been confirmed with COVID-19, sparking speculation of a cluster infection, though the source of the original infection remains unknown.

Meanwhile, the city government has ordered the hospital to test 1,083 medical, administrative staff, as well as 302 patients and accompanying relatives.

Others such as food court and cleaning personnel and contract maintenance workers will also be tested, the mayor said.

Contact tracing will be further extended as the city government seeks to bring the number of confirmed daily cases to zero, Cheng added.

As of Sunday, 515 people had been tested and over 1,300 more were scheduled to be tested on Monday, according to Wang Wen-yen (王文彥), head of the city's Department of Public Health.

About 300 people in the hospital's infection hot spots were tested on Saturday and they will be tested a second time, while another 300 patients who have been discharged will be called back for another test, Wang said.

The newly confirmed case announced on Monday involved a patient's relative, he noted.

As of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, the death toll related to COVID-19 in Taoyuan had climbed to 14, the city government said.

(By Flor Wang and Wu Jui-chi)

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