Kaohsiung's daily COVID case count hit a record high after the city reported 1,127 new cases on May 5. The city will open Taiwan's first COVID-19 clinics especially for children starting this weekend.
The line goes around the block at this drive-in testing station. With the number of new cases exceeding 1,000 in Kaohsiung on the 5th, the number of people wanting to get tested per day has tripled from 1,000 to 3,000.
Chen Chi-mai, Kaohsiung City Mayor: “We have 21 (community testing stations), and we hope people can try going to different ones at different times of day.”
Despite workplace and campus outbreaks spreading more and more quickly, the number of people visiting community testing stations has gone down with more people preferring the drive-in location. The city is calling on residents to use different stations. The city will also open its first pediatric clinics to treat children that test positive at nine hospitals and four community testing stations on the 7th.
Lai Tsung-hung, Honorary Chair, Kaohsiung City Medical Association: “We have pediatricians in residence that see patients, write prescriptions and administer PCR tests to determine if a child needs to be hospitalized.”
Wang Lin, Standing Director, Taiwan Pediatric Association: “Symptoms of COVID-19 infection are indistinguishable from that of the common cold. If (your kid) has symptoms, you should take them to a pediatric clinic and get a doctor's evaluation. If a child needs to be hospitalized regardless of their rapid test result, their parents should take them to one of the nine major hospitals.”
Pediatricians say COVID-19 symptoms are indistinguishable from common cold symptoms and the clinics can help parents get their children evaluated by professionals.