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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

A 97-year-old female patient at Queen Mary Hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19, the Hospital Authority announced today.

The patient was found unconscious at home and was sent to the hospital by ambulance at around 6.30pm yesterday.

Upon arrival at the hospital’s accident and emergency department, the patient was sent to the resuscitation room for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and intubation to assist her breathing.

She was then arranged to receive a nasopharyngeal swab test for COVID-19 and hospitalised in a medical ward for treatment.

Due to compassionate reasons, the patient’s daughter was arranged to visit the patient in the ward for 15 minutes.

At around 10pm, the staff in the ward was informed of the patient’s preliminary positive test result. The patient was transferred to the isolation ward immediately. She eventually succumbed to the disease at 1.30am today.

Three patients who had briefly stayed in the same cubicle with the patient concerned put on surgical masks. Relevant staff had also been wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. No staff member was identified as a close contact.

The hospital said it will continue to monitor the health of its staff and communicate with the Centre for Health Protection on the latest situation.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News