On January 12, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced two new confirmed indigenous cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Taiwan. The two new indigenous cases are a Taiwanese man in his 30s (Case #838) and a Taiwanese woman in her 20s (Case #839).
Case #838 is a doctor working at a hospital in northern Taiwan. The doctor provided care for a confirmed case and began to experience a cough and fever on January 8, 2021. The doctor sought medical attention and was tested for COVID-19 on January 10. Infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 12. Case #839 is a contact of Case #838, and they live together. Case #839 is a professional nurse working at the same hospital as the doctor. The professional nurse began to experience a cough and fever on January 9. The professional nurse was given a test on January 11, and infection with COVID-19 was laboratory-confirmed in the case on January 12.
In response to this incident, related disease prevention and control measures being imposed include the following:
1. Hospitalized patients can only leave the hospital but cannot return;
2. 39 medical workers identified as the contacts of the two cases have been placed in home isolation;
3. The outpatient and emergency departments of the hospital can operate as usual;
4. All visits to the hospital have been cancelled, and only one person can accompany a patient and the person shall provide his or her real name;
5. Patients have been moved to single-room wards and placed in isolation for a 14-day period of observation;
6. All staff working at the hospital will be tested again after three days.