TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Three of the four local COVID cases announced on Wednesday, January 12, are employees of a bank in the city of Taoyuan.
On Wednesday, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) announced that three employees working at a Union Bank branch in Taoyuan City’s Zhongli District had tested positive for COVID. The three had been listed as contacts of case No. 17,472, a residential services worker.
Cheng said case No. 17,472 went to the bank at 10:53 a.m. on Jan. 6 and apparently infected three employees in the process. A total of 27 bank employees, security guards and contractors are currently undergoing testing.
The mayor said the residential services worker opened an account at the Jianxing Road bank branch and that she and the cashier wore masks throughout the process. Once staff were informed that they were in contact with a confirmed case, they began to implement medical self-monitoring.
On the evening of January 11, a bank employee developed a fever and tested positive for COVID. On the morning of January 12, two more staff members were diagnosed with the virus.
According to Taoyuan public health department director Wang Wen-yen (王文彥), the bank held a dinner party on Jan. 7, and there are concerns that the probability of transmission during the event is high. Wang pointed out that on January 12, the bank was urgently requested to close its doors and carry out disinfection of the entire building.
All relatives, friends and people who came into contact with staff must be tested. Whether the infection among the staff was caused by the dinner is still under investigation.
The three confirmed cases have been placed in hospital isolation wards, while their contacts will be isolated at home until January 26. Wang said that due to the presence of confirmed cases and the fact that the bank is located in the community, many residents have sought testing.
A community testing station was set up in the area and began providing tests from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the afternoon and from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. Cheng called on the public to get tested if they visited this Union Bank branch between Jan. 4 and Jan. 12.