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DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for May 1

Flowchart for visiting PCR screening stationsThe Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 4,134 domestic cases for Taipei City on May 1. The number of people under home isolation have exceeded 4,000 as of April 30. Meanwhile, the number of individuals under home quarantine have reached 2,779.
Due to the spike in the number of COVID-19 patients, DOH reported a continued increase of residents under home isolation and home quarantine. Those who receive notification from the authority are required to undergo isolation at home under the “3+4” schedule (3 days of home isolation starting with the last date of contact, plus 4 days of self-administered pandemic monitoring).
DOH reminds those under either home isolation or home quarantine to take note of the following:

  1. Keep track of your health conditions. If you experience any fever, cough, runny nose, or other respiratory issues, please take a rapid test. For emergencies, follow the guideline and call 119 for ambulance. As alternatives, you can take a quarantine taxi or have those living with you drive you to the hospital.
  2. Please adhere to the 1 room per person principle. Try avoid using the same bathroom. If you have to share bathroom with others, please disinfect the bathroom with alcohol-based sanitizer or diluted bleach after each use.
  3. Keep your room ventilated and clean it daily with either diluted bleach or alcohol-based sanitizer.
  4. During the 4-day-long self-administered pandemic monitoring, try to remain at home. If you need to go out, only do so after testing negative with a rapid test and wear a face mask at all times when outside.
To ensure the optimized use of medical resources, Taipei City Government has adopted a fast-track queue policy facilitating access to the seven major PCR screening stations in town for individuals who tested positive. People who experience symptoms such as fever, throat pain, cough, or runny nose should first take a rapid test before seeking medical attention. Those who tested positive should proceed to the PCR screening stations mentioned above. Remember to wear a mask and avoid using public transportation.
Individuals who do not have any symptoms should avoid visiting the PCR screening stations and hospital emergency rooms to minimize the chance of cross-infection. For more information, please call the pandemic prevention hotline (TEL: 02-2375-3782) or the 1999 Citizens’ Hotline.