Confirmed cases may be released from isolation after two consecutive negative results of respiratory specimens

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Date : 2020/6/23
Updated : 2020/6/23 上午 11:44:00

On June 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) announced that confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be released from isolation if they meet all three conditions listed below.
1. The lapse of time between a confirmed case’s hospitalization in isolation ward and symptom resolution should be at least three days;
2. The case has two consecutive negative results of respiratory specimens obtained at least 24 hours apart (nasopharyngeal and throat, or sputum, specimens should also be collected on the same day the testing conducted for release from isolation, and the specimens must test negative for SARS-CoV-2);
3. There should be a lapse of ten days after the onset of symptoms (a lapse of ten days after an asymptomatic patient tested positive the first time).

The CECC stated that after the isolation of the diagnosed cases, no special inspections are necessary except for special circumstances. If the test result is positive again, the case does not need to be admitted to the hospital for isolation treatment, except for special circumstances, to maintain independent health management. Cases do not need to list contacts again for home isolation. In addition, if you are still in the home quarantine/household isolation period after the release of the quarantine, you do not need to continue to perform the home quarantine/household isolation until the expiration date, and you can adopt independent health management.

Please check the website, https://www.cdc.gov.tw, for more information of Severe Pneumonia with Novel Pathogens.

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