Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

The Hospital Authority today said two public hospital patients have tested preliminary positive for COVID-19.

One of them is a 65-year-old man who was admitted to United Christian Hospital due to syncope yesterday.


Six patients who had stayed in the same Emergency Medicine Ward cubicle with him will be quarantined for 14 days. None of the staff working in the ward are classified as close contacts.


The other patient is a 61-year-old woman who attended Yan Chai Hospital’s accident and emergency department due to a fever and persistent cough yesterday.

Two patients who had stayed in the same side room with her will be quarantined for 14 days. A nurse who assisted the patient while her deep throat saliva specimen was being collected without appropriate protective equipment also needs to undergo 14-day quarantine.

Contact tracing of both cases is proceeding, while cleansing and disinfection of the relevant areas of both hospitals have been arranged.

Meanwhile, North Lantau Hospital Community Health Centre today said deep throat saliva specimens collected from 11 people were found still in its collection box and had not been sent to the relevant laboratory for testing as scheduled.

The Hospital Authority has apologised to the people concerned and arranged for them to return to the clinic for deep throat saliva sample collection as soon as possible.

Prevailing procedures will be reviewed for root cause analysis to identify improvement measures.

By Bureau