Over 260 Deaths Reported from June 1 to 12 機構染疫送醫後死亡 6/1-6/12有264例

On June 14, the Central Epidemic Command Center announced statistics on COVID-19 infections and deaths at care institutions for the first time. Between Jan. 1 and June 12 this year, there were 30,420 infections among residents. Between June 1 and 12, there were 264 deaths.

The Central Epidemic Command Center announced statistics relating to COVID-19 infections and deaths at care institutions, including long-term care institutions, nursing homes, and psychiatric hospitals, on June 14. Between Jan. 1 and June 12 this year, 30,420 residents were infected, including 2,665 with moderate to severe cases. Between June 1 and 12, there were 264 deaths.

Chien Hui-chuan (June 14, 2022), Director, Social & Family Affairs Administration, MOHW: “The total number of people who tested positive, were sent to a hospital, and then died between April 1 and June 12 is 616. The number of new deaths between June 1 and 12 was 264.”

The mortality rate at these institutions is 2 percent, which is 13 times higher than the overall mortality rate of 0.15 percent. As residents are mostly elderly, doctors advise regular testing to lower the infection and mortality rates. Experts say the mortality rate should begin to decline as more medicine is administered.

Chen Hsiu-hsi, Associate Dean, College of Public Health, NTU: “With the use of antivirals and the recovery of the medical treatment capacity, we'll begin to see age-specific infection rates in different counties and cities decline, even for the elderly.”

The percentage of high-risk people prescribed medicine increased from 56 percent on April 14 to 86 percent on June 12. The CECC says this shows that doctors are prescribing medicine promptly and early, preventing cases from worsening.

Lee Chien-chang, Attending Physician, Dept. of Emer. Medicine, NTUH: “If 80 to 90 percent of the people in high-risk groups are getting medicine, then of course this is a great level.”

Many care institutions have been pummeled by COVID-19, and each new variant means a new battle for facility employees. They hope that the CECC will stabilize the provision of medicine to better prevent cluster infections.