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DOH: Taipei City’s COVID Update for May 30

List of vaccination venues offering shots for kidsThe Department of Health (DOH) announced a total of 5,565 new domestic COVID-19 cases for Taipei City for May 30. As of May 29, a total of 65,452 COVID patients are under stay-at-home care. Meanwhile, 6,808 individuals are under managed home isolation. There are still 913 beds available at COVID wards across hospitals in Taipei City.
 
Currently, the city has established 20 COVID emergency outpatient clinics (CEOC), 11 family COVID family outpatient clinics, 2 community screening stations, and 3 drive-through screening stations in Taipei City. These facilities offer a range of services ranging from diagnosis to screening to prescription. DOH reminds the public that individuals qualified for antiviral drug prescription must preregister first and provide information on medications currently used and medical history to allow faster diagnosis by the doctor. Furthermore, 259 clinics and 23 hospitals in Taipei City also offer telecare service for confirming and reporting positive fast screening result. For more information, please visit the city government’s Chinese COVID-19 information page (https://reurl.cc/Kb8OYR).
 
For individuals who tested positive on home kits, DOH suggests to avoid instinctively rushing to hospital ERs. Instead, he or she should consider the following alternatives first:
 

  1. Make an appointment via telecare.
  2. Visit CEOCs or the drive-through screening stations.
  3. Ask for help from friends or family members who have not contracted COVID-19 and have them bring your test strip and NHI Card to hospitals or clinics to acquire doctor’s confirmation.
 
Please utilize either telecare or CEOCs to avoid the risk of clusters.
 
Starting June 1, parents can pick up 5 free home kits for children between 0 and 6 years old. They should bring the kid’s NHI card to pharmacies that offer home kit for sale on a real-name registration basis. The list of eligible pharmacies can be found on the Chinese website of National Health Insurance Administration (https://www.nhi.gov.tw/). DOH reminds the public that district health centers are not on the list. For newborns without NHI cards, the agency suggests parents delay picking up the home kits until after acquiring the card.
 
For individuals testing negative or ones who do not experience symptoms such as fever, throat pain, coughs, or runny nose, DOH reminds them to follow the guidelines posted by the Taiwan Center for Disease Control and continue to practice safety measures. People without symptoms should avoid visiting community screening stations and hospital ERs. For more information, please call Taipei’s pandemic prevention hotline (02-2375-3782) or the 1999 Citizens’ Hotline.