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Re-positive COVID-19 case reported

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating two additional imported COVID-19 cases and a preliminary positive local case which is likely to be a re-positive one.   The centre's Communicable Disease Branch Head Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan told a press briefing this afternoon that the preliminary positive local case involves a 43-year-old man who has not been vaccinated against the virus yet.   He worked at construction sites at 248 Queen's Road East and Shiu Kin Lane in Wan Chai, and last worked on August 3.   The patient has tested negative under the regular testing requirement since May. His deep throat saliva sample submitted via regular testing on August 2 preliminarily tested positive with a Ct value of 36 to 38, which indicates a low viral load.   After admission to hospital on August 3, the patient tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.   Dr Chuang said: “There ma

HA reports 2 initially positive cases

The Hospital Authority today reported two preliminary positive cases of COVID-19 involving a patient at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and a clerical staff at Tuen Mun Eye Centre.   It said a 52-year-old male patient was admitted to the accident and emergency department of PMH on January 22 due to epigastric pain, vomiting and fever. He did not have other respiratory symptoms at the time.   He was transferred to the surgical ward for further treatment after undergoing an admission screening for COVID-19.    The patient received the preliminary positive result today after being tested in community on January 22. His test arranged by the hospital was also positive for COVID-19.   He was immediately transferred to the isolation ward for further treatment.   Another patient who had stayed in the bed adjacent to the patient concerned in the surgical ward was classified as a close contact and will be quarantined for 14 days. The hospital will also arrange viral testing for that patient.   So far, no staff have been classified as close contacts. PMH has arranged thorough cleansing and disinfection of the ward concerned.   The clerical staff at Tuen Mun Eye Centre attended the Tuen Mun Hospital’s accident and emergency department yesterday due to fever. Her test result released last night was preliminary positive.   She mainly handles clerical work related to surgery appointment booking on the 3/F and seldom has contact with patients. She last attended work yesterday morning.   Five colleagues were classified as close contacts and will be quarantined for 14 days. Another nurse, classified as other contact, will undergo 28 days of medical surveillance.   As a precautionary measure, the eye centre will arrange for 20 patients who recently visited 3/F and around 120 staff and outsourced workers to undergo COVID-19 testing.   Additionally, about 100 patients and staff at the Renal Dialysis Centre on the 1/F in the same building will undergo virus testing.
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