On May 31, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced revised criteria for managing and releasing confirmed COVID-19 cases from isolation care, and key points are listed below.
A. There are two categories for the criteria for release from isolation, which are "not severe cases" and "severe cases."
B. The criteria for releasing hospitalized patients with moderate illness from isolation care have been changed to be in line with those for individuals with no or mild symptoms.
C. Hospitalized patients with severe illness can be transferred out of negative pressure isolation wards or dedicated wards if any of the criteria listed below is met and if their fever has dissipated for at least one day and symptoms have been relieved; they should practice a 7-day self-health management after transfer.
1. The patient produces a negative PCR test result or a PCR test result with a Ct value ≧ 30 from a respiratory specimen.
2. 15 days have passed since the onset of symptoms or specimen collection date and the Ct value of the follow-up PCR test from a respiratory specimen is 27 to 30; furthermore, the patient is assessed to be suitable for transfer out of the negative pressure isolation or dedicated ward by an infectious disease physician, a chest physician or the assessment team of the hospital.