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CECC adjusts positive test policy for COVID contacts in nursing homes

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Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Nursing home residents who are close contacts of COVID-19 patients and who test positive on the rapid antigen test will now be counted as confirmed cases, it was announced on Sunday. the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The new rule, which will be applied retroactively from May 5, aims to ensure residents of nursing homes can quickly access prescription drugs, given their high risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19, said CECC official Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) at a press briefing.

It is accelerating part of a broader policy that will come into effect on May 12, allowing people in home isolation who get a positive rapid test result to be counted as confirmed cases of COVID-19, instead of requiring a more precise but relatively long PCR test. , says Lo.

Meanwhile, at the press conference, Lo also responded to an online rumor that Taiwan was only prescribing oral antiviral drugs to people with moderate to severe symptoms of COVID-19.

Lo said doctors can prescribe oral antiviral drugs, such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid or Merck’s molnupiravir, to people with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections, if they’re over 64 or at risk. of serious illness.

Patients with moderate or severe symptoms of COVID-19 are given one of several drugs, including Remdesivir and steroids, based on their doctors’ assessment, but they are rarely given oral antivirals, Lo said. .

To date, doctors have prescribed about 1,200 courses of Paxlovid and 700 courses of molnupiravir, Lo said, adding that the drugs are being moved to 57 “central pharmacies” across the country as shipments arrive. .

The Taiwanese government said in late April that it had taken delivery of 180,000 courses from Paxlovid and expected to receive another 520,000 courses by the end of June.

He has already received the 5,040 courses of molnupiravir he ordered, according to the CECC.

(By Chen Chieh-ling, Chang Hsiung-feng and Matthew Mazzetta)

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