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Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday

Individuals who test positive should fill out online form via link in text message

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Starting on Sunday, those who receive postive PCR test results for COVID must self-report contact history.

Starting on Sunday, those who receive postive PCR test results for COVID must self-report contact history. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting Sunday (May 1), those who receive a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 will need to report their condition and contact history by logging on to an online system.

During the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) press conference on Saturday (April 30), Spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) announced that individuals whose PCR test comes back positive will receive a link (https://bbs.cdc.gov.tw) to the new self-reporting portal in a text message from the number 0911-514-588. It is therefore important to leave a cellphone number while getting tested at PCR testing sites.

On the first page of the portal, cases will be asked to enter their national identification number or the last six digits of their resident certificate number. On the next page, cases will need to confirm their name, ID number, and cellphone number, which will be partially hidden.

Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday
(Central Epidemic Command Center image, Taiwan News translation)

The third page will show a statement on the collection of personal information, which cases should read and agree to before proceeding. The next page will ask cases to assess whether they are experiencing any symptoms that require immediate medical attention as well as a list of symptoms in children that adults should be aware of.

Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday
(Central Epidemic Command Center image/Taiwan News translation)

If cases are not experiencing any acute symptoms, they can proceed to the fifth page, where they will be asked if they are pregnant, are undergoing hemodialysis, or are 65 and older and living alone. This is to determine if cases need to be hospitalized or sent to a centralized quarantine center, Chuang said.

Next, cases are instructed to list the names of people they have been in close contact with, such as those who share the same residence, workplace, or school. Cases will need to retrace their steps for the two days leading up to when they first began experiencing symptoms or tested positive, as well as the days before they entered quarantine.

Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday
(Central Epidemic Command Center image, Taiwan News translation)

Finally, cases need to fill out a contact tracing form and enter their cellphone number, residential address, occupation, the name and address of up to three workplaces or schools, and the name and cellphone number of a legal representative (optional).

Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday
(Central Epidemic Command Center image, Taiwan News translation)

After filling out all the required information, the system will provide instructions on what to tell their close contacts (such as the “3+4” quarantine policy and testing requirements). They will also upload a randomized ID number on the Taiwan Social Distancing app.

Taiwan's COVID case contact self-reporting system launches Sunday

(Central Epidemic Command Center image/Taiwan News translation)