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DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for January 19

Poster on face mask regulations for exercising outdoorThe Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 12 imported COVID-19 cases for Taipei City on January 19.
The age group of patients falls between 10 years old and over 60 years old. They include 9 men and 5 women, while 3 are still under investigation. The patients arrived from countries including the US (2 cases), Spain (2 cases), France (1 case), the UK (1 case), and India (1 case); 5 cases are still under investigation. They were tested positive either upon arrival, during quarantine, or in the final test before lifting quarantine, and have been relocated to medical facilities for isolation and treatment.
Case 17298, a woman in her 40s who reside in Wanhua District, has been reclassified by the central government as a case of domestic transmission. She returned from China on December 28 and selected Plan A for her quarantine program. However, the patient reported throat pain and cough on January 3, with the test on January 4 showing positive. She was moved to a hospital in New Taipei City later that day. Having received two Sinovac shots in July, the patient has not entered the local community. However, she was quarantined in the same hotel as Case 17082 – a positive COVID case who arrived from the US. The results from the viral genome sequencing of the two cases appear nearly identical, which resulted in the reclassification of the case by the central government on January 19.
As of 11 AM on January 19, 234 individuals on the extended contact list of Case 17928 (domestic case) tested negative and 100 people are still waiting for results. For Case 17771 (domestic case) who works in Taipei City, those on the extended contact list were all tested, showing 227 negatives (there is one individual who is still waiting for the result). For the testing results of those who came into contact with Case 17967 (domestic case of New Taipei City), 1,051 people tested negative while 112 individuals are still waiting for results.
Given the recent spike in imported COVID cases, all hospital workers, quarantine hotel staff, and quarantine taxi drivers should strengthen the monitoring of their own health by checking temperature on a frequent basis and taking note of symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, respiratory problems, or abnormality with smell or taste. They should also get vaccinated (primary or booster shot) as soon as possible.
DOH is also working with Taipei Veterans General Hospital to set up a special weekend COVID vaccine clinic on January 22 and 23. The clinic will offer 1,000 Moderna shots in the morning of January 22; 4,000 BNT shots in the afternoon of January 22, and 5,000 Medigen shots for January 23. To book an appointment, please sign up via the hospital's reservation website (https://reurl.cc/QjLxjO).