《TAIPEI TIMES》 CECC lists places patients visited
Environmental protection workers sanitize a street in Yunlin County’s Beigang Township yesterday after a quarantine hotel worker who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday visited Beigang on Sunday last week. Photo copied by Lin Kuo-hsien, Taipei Times
TRAVELING WHILE CONTAGIOUS: The highest risk of infection is indoors, especially in settings where people take off their masks to eat and drink, an expert warned
By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Central Epidemic Command Center （CECC） yesterday posted a list of places visited by people who were recently diagnosed with COVID-19 while they were likely contagious, urging people who visited the sites at the same time to practice self-health management.
Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung （陳時中）, who heads the center, said that confirmed case No. 1,129 — a woman in her 60s who works at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, a designated quarantine facility, and tested positive on Friday — visited Chiayi between Friday last week and Monday.
On the first day of her trip, she visited the Big Chiayi De Turkey Rice restaurant （大嘉義得火雞肉飯） in Jhongpu Township （中埔） from 1pm to 1:40pm and the Alishan Yeouu Campground （阿里山小森林農園露營區） from 3:10pm to 3:40pm, Chen said.
On Saturday last week, she visited the Alishan National Forest Recreation Area （阿里山國家森林遊樂區） from 4am to 6:45am, where she took the Alishan Forest Railway to see the sunrise, Chen said.
On Sunday last week, she visited Fenchihu Old Street （奮起湖老街） from 10am to 10:50am, Chen said, adding that she in the afternoon traveled to Yunlin County’s Beigang Township （北港）, where she visited Daitian Temple （代天宮）, Chaotian Temple （朝天宮）, A-Cheng’s Stir Fry restaurant （阿成熱炒）, the Ri Xiang Zhen pastry shop （日香珍喜餅店） and the Three Generation Traditional Brown Sugar Shaved Ice shop （三代古味黑糖剉冰） from 1:20pm to 4pm.
On Monday, she took a Taoyuan Airport MRT train from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan Airport Hotel Station from 6:55am to 7:50am, and from Airport Hotel Station to Kengkou Station （坑口站） from 5:40 to 5:55pm, Chen said.
Chen said that a few locations and details have been added to the list of places visited by case No. 1,127, a woman in her 20s, and case No. 1,128, a man in his 20s, who also work at the quarantine hotel and tested positive on Friday.
The woman on Tuesday last week visited the Mr Sandwich restaurant in Taoyuan’s Jhongli District （中壢） from 6:20am to 6:40am, and hypermarket RT-Mart’s Jhongli branch from 6:20pm to 6:35pm, he said.
The man on the same day took a Taoyuan Bus on the GR route from the city’s Guolin Station to Kengkou Station from 12:50pm to 1:05pm and a Taoyuan MRT train from Kengkou Station to Airport Terminal 2 Station from 1:05pm to 1:30pm, Chen said.
He stayed at the terminal from 1:30pm to 2pm and took a Taoyuan MRT train to Airport Hotel Station between 2pm and 2:20pm, Chen said.
On Wednesday, he took an Orange Bus on route 703 from Guolin Station to Jhongli Railway Station from 10:20am to 11:20am, Chen said, adding that he took a bus on the reverse route at about 2:30pm.
“The CECC urges people who have visited these locations at about the same time to practice self-health management and call the 1922 hotline to contact the local health department if they experience any symptoms associated with COVID-19,” Chen said.
Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital deputy dean Chiu Cheng-hsun （邱政洵） yesterday said that the risk of infection is higher indoors, adding that people should follow the CECC guidelines, wear masks when indoors and practice social distancing.
The highest risk of infection is in restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, she said, citing medical reports.
She urged the authorities to investigate whether social distancing was enforced at the locations case No. 1,129 visited.
People usually take off their masks in restaurants, cafes and nightclubs, and if they have been at one of those places at the same time as an infected person, they might have been at high risk of infection, Chiu said.
Additional reporting by Yang Yuan-ting