Hualien Hospital at Center of Major Outbreak 花蓮部醫護理之家與院內感染 共87人確診

Taiwan announced 1,209 new local COVID-19 cases on April 15. In eastern Taiwan, Hualien Hospital is at the center of its outbreak with 87 cases so far. Some events in the National Middle School Athletic Games have been postponed.


Taitung County Hall was disinfected on the 15th after several county officials tested positive for COVID-19. Twenty-three county hall staff and seven agency officials have been ordered to quarantine, and some departments now have staff working from home. Temperatures are taken at the door and visitors must register before entering the building.

Lu Hsieh-chang, Secretary-General, Taitung County Government: “The county government is still functioning. Our work will not be affected. Those that come into contact with the public, however, may find it more difficult to do their work.”

Over 100 people were tested at the Taitung County Public Health Bureau's testing station at Seaside Park on the morning of the 15th. Hualien Hospital is at the center of its own outbreak with 87 cases so far. The hospital has suspended emergency services. One of the cases is an intern and Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology student. The student and her contacts are in quarantine, and the school has suspended physical classes until the 24th.

Ho Yu-ching, Chief Secretary, Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology: “We have 96 students interning at Tzu Chi Hospital, Hualien Hospital, Mennonite Christian Hospital, and Hualien Armed Forces General Hospital. We are holding classes online for the time being.”

The Hualien County Government has also postponed some National Middle School Athletic Games events originally scheduled for the 15th to 21st. Hualien County primary and secondary schools suspended classes for one day on the 15th so campuses could be disinfected. Classes were held online.

Mr. Huang, Parent: “I guess it's still necessary because of the epidemic. If early prevention is possible, let's do it.”

The Hualien County Health Bureau says virtually the entire county is a hot zone at this point and everyone should be careful. As was planned due to the Games, all elementary and junior high schools will be off until the 21st.

 

 

 

 

台東縣政府傳出一名副處長和警局交通隊長確診,一早縣府進行大消毒,並廣播要求各辦公室員工注意防護。衛生局已匡列縣府內有接觸史的23名員工隔離,其中包括7名一級主管,縣府也要求有感染疑慮的局處室,應採取分流辦公,民眾洽公也要嚴格量測體溫和實聯制才能進縣府。

台東縣政府秘書長盧協昌表示:「相關的工作推行都還在執行當中,不會受到影響,但是對於洽公的民眾可能會有些許的不方便。」

台東縣疫情爆發的成功鎮,衛生局持續在海濱公園開設快篩站,一早就湧入上百位民眾來快篩。花蓮縣疫情最嚴重的部立花蓮醫院,到目前為止已有87人確診,醫院已經停止門診急診服務。在醫院實習的一名慈濟科大學生也被感染,學校已接回學生隔離,同時對接觸過的師生也進行隔離,並再延長學生遠距上課到24日。

慈濟科技大學主秘何玉菁表示:「我們針對在花蓮慈濟醫院、部立花蓮醫院、門諾醫院跟國軍花蓮總醫院實習的96位護理科學生,我們就展開了線上的遠距實習課程。」

受到這波疫情影響,花蓮縣政府宣布15日至21日的全國中等學校運動會部分比賽延期。花蓮縣的高中職以下學校今天預防性停課一天,學校進行消毒,師生遠距上課。

家長黃先生認為:「還是有必要啦,因為疫情的關係,可以提早預防,我們就提早預防。」

花蓮縣衛生局呼籲,全縣幾乎都是感染熱區,請民眾注意個人防護。花蓮縣政府也宣布,下星期全縣國中小學仍依照全中運規畫,放假到21日。

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