Covid-19 outbreak in Phuket elderly home

Phuket Elder Care Development Center, photo by PR Phuket.

There’s been a Covid-19 outbreak in a Phuket elderly home, with a total of 45 people testing positive for the virus so far. Forty-two elderly residents and three guests have been infected, according to the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office Chief Dr Kusak Kukiattikoon. Dr Kusak said the office was informed of the outbreak on July 27.

The Phuket Elder Care Development Center, located in Pa Khlok town, houses 75 elders and 29 staff altogether. Out of the 45 people infected, so far 1 has been sent to a hospital. Kusak told The Phuket Express…

“One of the elders was transferred to a local hospital while others have been quarantined at the centre for treatment. However, all of them received at least triple doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.”

Kusak added that other people in the home at risk of infection are being tested every three to five days, while others are to be tested every week. Staff such as drivers, cooks, and caregivers are also required to be tested every week.

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The centre’s director, Puengpan Paojinda, said that most elderly residents there have health issues. She said they often go to hospitals for their healthcare, and they may have been infected with coronavirus at a hospital. Puengpan said that visits to the centre from outsiders have been suspended over the long weekend.

Phuengpan noted that all the elderly people infected have now had X-rays of their lungs to determine how severe their infections are.

SOURCE: The Phuket Express | The Phuket News

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A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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