By: taipei 2020/04/09

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) reported a cumulative total of 86023 cases have been reported among which COVID-19 has been ruled out in 84960. Of these reported cases, infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in 487 cases. Of 487 confirmed cases in Taiwan, 425 are imported and 55 are indigenous. Of the confirmed cases, there have been 7 deaths, and 457 patients have been released from isolation.

CECC maintains six strategies to prevent COVID-19 spread in hospitals

To ensure that healthcare facilities can efficiently respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) continues to carry out its COVID-19 preparedness and response with six strategies. The six strategies are as follows:

1.    Expanding testing capacity: A national testing network has been established to improve Taiwan’s testing capacity. The strategy allows the maximum testing capacity per day to reach 3,800 specimen tests, and COVID-19 testing to be conducted in different areas to reduce wait time for test results.

2.    Community surveillance: A community specimen surveillance program and protocols of different levels of care for patients have been implemented to enhance community surveillance network.

3.    Expanding hospital capacity: Plans for healthcare preparedness in the designated emergency response hospitals and wards have been implemented, in four phases, to improve national health care capacity. 

4.    Taking inventory of clinical beds: Health agencies constantly keep track of available beds for severe cases of COVID-19.

5.    Requisitioning facilities: The strategy aims to increase the number of designated sites for group quarantine.

6.    Patient diversion and transfers: The principles for the diversion, ward segregation and transport of COVID-19 patients have been made to ensure appropriate care is given to patients.