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Nurse from Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch tests positive for COVID

Latest COVID-positive nurse works at different branch of Taipei City Hospital from previous cases

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Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch. (Google Maps image)

Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch. (Google Maps image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Jan. 12) announced that a nurse has tested positive for COVID and that she is not tied to the cluster of cases at a hospital announced Tuesday (Jan. 11).

Wednesday evening, the CECC announced that a female nurse in her 30s who works in a hospital in Taipei had tested positive after routine testing required by her employer. On Tuesday, she developed a fever, sore throat, and muscle aches.

She initially thought her symptoms were a reaction to a recent COVID shot. However, after undergoing the routine test, she received a positive result with a Ct value of 16.

That same day, the Taipei Department of Health stated that this latest infection has no known connection to the cluster of three cases reported at the Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing Branch and works at a different branch of Taipei City Hospital in another district.

Update: 01/13 5:50 p.m.

During a press conference later that day, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) announced that the nurse was an employee of the Taipei City Hospital Renai Branch in the city's Da'an District. The hospital then issued a press release saying that the nurse has received the third dose of a COVID vaccine on Jan. 11 and developed a fever, sore throat, and other symptoms that afternoon.

She underwent a PCR test on Jan. 12 and the result was positive. The Hospital has listed 25 close contacts who worked with the nurse in the same ward.

They have all tested negative and are undergoing isolation in an epidemic prevention hotel.