EXPANDING CLUSTER: The latest patient had visited a relative in a ward where the 34th case had been hospitalized, making her the seventh in that cluster
Date: Mar 04, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday announced the nation’s 42ndconfirmed case of COVID-19, a woman in her 50s related to a patient who had been in the same hospital ward as an earlier case.
The new case is associated with the nation’s 34th case — a woman in her 50s who was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus after being hospitalized for about two weeks — as they had both been in the same hospital ward, but not the same room, said Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center.
The 42nd case is a relative of a patient in another room who had not recently traveled overseas, he said, adding that she sought treatment at a clinic for coughing and full-body fatigue on Feb. 23.
After an extended contact investigation for the 34th case, which included people who were in the same hospital ward when she was hospitalized, the 42nd case was reported as a suspected infection and tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, he said. [FULL STORY]