A female clerical staff of the shroff counter at Queen Mary Hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.
Making the announcement today, the hospital said the individual concerned sought medical treatment at its staff clinic yesterday due to having a sore throat, cough and runny nose.
Her deep throat saliva test result released this afternoon revealed that she has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 while a confirmatory test is still pending.
She had been working, including today, mainly at the shroff counter on 1/F of Block S and wore a surgical mask while on duty.
So far, a total of four shroff counter staff members have been listed as close contacts and are required to undergo quarantine.
Based on the on-site assessment by the hospital’s infection control team, there are partitions between staff members and the public at each shroff counter. The contact between staff members and the public is brief.
The hospital will suspend the service of the shroff counter concerned from tomorrow at 9am until August 16.
During the suspension period, patients can settle their payments at the hospital’s admission office or accident and emergency department. Patients are also encouraged to use their Octopus cards at payment kiosks.
The hospital added that it will conduct thorough cleansing and disinfection at the shroff counter concerned.