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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Hospital Authority today announced that it is investigating the connection between two COVID-19 cases at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.

A 69-year-old male patient with chronic disease was admitted to the hospital’s surveillance ward on July 30 due to shortness of breath.

He tested negative for COVID-19 on the day of admission and was transferred to an Integrated Medical & Geriatric Ward on July 31 for further management. His condition started to deteriorate on August 4.

He preliminary tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a nasopharyngeal swab test and is now in critical condition.

Inpatient records showed that before transferring to the Integrated Medical & Geriatric Ward, the 69-year-old had stayed in the same surveillance ward cubicle as another male patient who was confirmed to have COVID-19 on July 31. 

The hospital’s infection control team immediately conducted contact tracing and nine patients who had stayed in the same cubicle of the Integrated Medical & Geriatric Ward as the 69-year-old patient have been classified as close contacts.

The hospital will follow up with the Centre for Health Protection on the required quarantine arrangements, and thorough cleaning and disinfection for the concerned geriatric ward has been arranged.

Additionally, the authority reported that 1,234 confirmed COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalised and 2,314 confirmed and suspected patients have been discharged.

For information and health advice on COVID-19, visit the Government’s dedicated webpage.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News