Suspected COVID-19 case in Palau found negative after testing in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/07/2020
By: William Yen

Photo courtesy of Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) An American national in Palau suspected of being infected with COVID-19 has been declared negative after her samples were tested in Taiwan, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Saturday.

The patient, identified as a 73-year-old woman from Oregon by the Palau Ministry of Health, was found to be negative for the acute respiratory disease after her specimen samples were sent to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control for testing Friday, the CECC said.

The woman, who arrived in Palau with the visiting NGO Canvasback Medical Team, was isolated at the Belau National Hospital on Tuesday after displaying "underlying conditions," according to a statement issued by Palau's health ministry.

Physicians specializing in infectious diseases from Taipei's Shin Kong Memorial Wu Ho-Su Hospital used online video conferencing to instruct local doctors on how to take samples, which were then sent to Taiwan, the CECC said.    [FULL  STORY]

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