Fifteen Confirmed COVID Cases at Mackay Memorial Hospital by May 9 台東馬偕傳群聚感染 累計已15人確診

More and more infections are being reported in Taitung. Fifteen cases so far have been confirmed at Mackay Memorial Hospital Taitung Branch. The hospital quickly managed the spread of COVID by quarantining and monitoring those who have come in close contact. 


COVID-19 infections were reported at the ward on the 4th floor of Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taitung on Friday the 6th. The hospital quickly quarantined and tested up to 82 people including patients, family members, and hospital staff. Seven patients, 5 family members, and 3 hospital staff have since then been confirmed with COVID. These 15 cases are now under treatment at the COVID-19 designated ward within the hospital. Other patients and family members who turned out negative in connection to the COVID cluster on the 4th floor are to continue with their quarantine.

Hsu Kuang-nan, Head of Hospital Superintendent Office: “Once we knew about the infections we had people involved go under quarantine right away wherever they were at. Those who did rapid tests already once will be asked to do tests again if they feel sick in any way.”

Domestic tourism is now taking another toll. In Taitung, to reduce people-to-people contact, local hotels arranged to have fewer employees working at the hotel. Workforce decreased by 20 to 30 percent. One local hotel even turned to self-service to attract visitors.

Mr. Li, Visitor: “Visitors don't have to come in contact with hotel employees, everything is self-service.”

Kao Chuan-chieh, Hotel operator in Taitung: “We have three to four people fewer working at the hotel each month. It saves a lot on cost. We can provide more service with saved cost. ”

Without raising nationwide level 3 restrictions like in the past, visitors are more likely to arrange trips for fun and would need accommodation. One certain hotel in Taitung is now implementing a self-service system where visitors can check-in and check-out on their own. The price per night is pretty much equivalent to one night at the backpacker hostels. The hotel operator says they can also provide better service with costs saved on employees. Some Taitung hotel operators remain hopeful for business during this current pandemic peak in Taiwan.

 

 

 

台東馬偕醫院6日晚間傳出4樓病房有人確診,醫院陸續匡列病患、家屬和員工共82人進行篩檢,據醫院和衛生局清查,4樓病房有7名病患、5名陪病家屬和3名員工共15人確診,都已轉送至專責病房內接受治療,其他沒有確診的病人和家屬,醫院採取就地隔離。

台東馬偕醫院院長室主任徐光南說:「人員就地隔離,然後就地管制,如果說第一批感染,有時間就已經做了第一次的快篩,萬一後續有新的症狀,也會再去做篩檢。」

台東縣確診人數愈來愈多,觀光業又再受到衝擊,由於擔心人與人接觸頻繁,台東縣各家飯店都出現找不到服務人員的情況,平均缺工20%到30%左右。不過有一家飯店最近引進自助住房系統,讓遊客住得安心。

遊客李先生:「不用接觸櫃台,都自助式的。」
飯店業者高泉傑認為:「減少了每個月大概3到4個人力,非常的節省,其實我們也可以把多餘的人力來做服務。」

國內疫情升溫但管制沒有升級,疫情期間還是有旅遊的需求,這家飯店引進自助住房設備,遊客住房到退房全部自己來,飯店可以把人力轉移到更好的客房服務,而且房價也跟背包客棧差不多,業者預估疫情期間會吸引遊客來台東住宿旅遊。

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