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Taiwan's Taoyuan hospital battling growing COVID-19 cluster

ROC Central News Agency

06/26/2021 01:40 PM

Taipei, June 26 (CNA) Taoyuan Armed Forces General Hospital in northern Taiwan announced on Saturday that it will suspend inpatient and outpatient services, and stop taking emergency admissions and giving vaccine shots amid a growing cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to the hospital.

Thirty people related to the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday.

The suspension of services starting Saturday will last for 14 days and will allow the hospital to run at reduced capacity, it said.

The infected were three nurses, nine caregivers, as well as 12 patients and six of their family members, according to the hospital.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said the decision was made after discussions among the city government, the hospital, the Medical Affairs Bureau under the Ministry of National Defense, and the Hospital and Social Welfare Organizations Administration Commission under the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

A total of 15 COVID-19 patients currently under hospitalization will be evacuated to other hospitals as well, Cheng said.

The hospital has tested 1,400 mostly medical staff as well as some patients with the PCR test, with those showing positive results required to seek medical treatments as regular patients do.

Aside from this, the hospital has designated hotspots in its facility where there is a higher chance the virus may have been transmitted and medical staff working in those areas all have to go into quarantine centers, regardless of their test results.

Medical staff outside of those hotspots can also choose to stay in hotels instead of going home, if they want to reduce the chances of spreading the virus to their family and community, if they are infected.

The hospital had previously announced its first suspension of major services from June 20-22 following a cluster involving four patients and five caregivers.

As the cluster grew, that suspension was extended to June 24, and the hospital restarted operation on June 25.

(By Yeh Chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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