On October 12, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that relevant medical prevention measures for people undergoing self-initiated prevention will be adjusted, effective October 13. Details are listed below.
A. Visitation control: Visiting patients in hospitals is banned during the self-initiated prevention period. However, exceptions can be made in the situations listed below. Visiting patients is allowed in the situations below, and the approval of the healthcare facility as well as a negative result from an at-home rapid test taken on the day of the visit should be obtained before visitation.
The situations are: (1) a patient undergoing surgery or an invasive treatment needs to be accompanied by family members or the law requires the patient's family members to sign a consent form or document for the treatment or surgery; (2) the condition of a patient admitted to special care wards, including emergency departments, intensive care units, and hospice wards, needs to be explained by doctors to family members; (3) a patient's condition deteriorates or a patient is in critical condition; (4) for other special reasons, and the healthcare facility has approved the need for family members of the patient to visit.
B. Accompanying patients: accompanying patients in hospitals is banned during the self-initiated prevention period. However, exceptions can be made if a patient has special caregiving needs (e.g. the patient is a child or person who is unable to take care of themselves and needs a caregiver, and the healthcare facility approves the situation. Accompanying a patient is allowed if the healthcare facility approves it, and a negative result from an at-home rapid test taken on the day of accompanying the patient is obtained. Individuals accompanying patients in hospitals should take a rapid test every day until their self-initiated prevention period expires.
C. Healthcare infection control: in principle, non-urgent medical services or examinations should be postponed. It is advised that such a decision should be made by a doctor after they take into account the urgency and necessity of the patient's medical treatment and make an overall assessment.
D. Return to work recommendations for healthcare workers: those who return to work during the self-initiated prevention period are advised to take one government-funded rapid test before returning to work. They are also advised to take one government-funded rapid test before going to work every one or two days during the period.