Taitung County Councilor Hsu Chin-jung tested positive after returning from a trip with a group to Yilan and central Taiwan to attend religious events. According to reports, 20 people in the group tested positive.
The Taitung County Council is currently in the midst of an extraordinary session. On April 13, it was reported that independent Councilor Hsu Chin-jung tested positive after returning from a trip with a group on April 7 to Yilan and central Taiwan to attend religious events. The Public Health Bureau set up a rapid testing site outside the council on April 14 to test councilors and staff members. The extraordinary session was suspended.
Hsu Chin-jung, Taitung County Councilor: “Thank you to everyone for your concern, and I apologize.”
Yang Chih-lung, Secretary, Taitung County Council: “Those who came into close contact with the councilor yesterday are being notified that they should quarantine at home.”
According to reports, 20 people in the group attending the religious events tested positive. Three contacts also tested positive. Taitung reported 23 new cases on April 14, and many people were required to quarantine. They included family members of students, so two elementary schools and two kindergartens have suspended classes for two days. Five junior high and senior high school classes have also suspended school for two days. There is also a Green Island resident among the cases, and there are worries that this case will affect the upcoming peak travel season.
He Fu-hsiang, Chairperson, Lyudao Council: “I asked the township office to disinfect the entire island and health institutions to set up rapid testing sites.”
A rapid testing site was set up on April 14 at Chenggong Seaside Park. The county government also announced the suspension of activities outside the county for elementary schools and kindergartens until May 13, and campuses will be closed to the public.