Coronavirus Battle in Jinhua
At the press conference, Zhou Guobiao, deputy director of the Jinhua Municipal Health Commission, gave a brief overview of the medical treatment for 2019-nCov pneumonia in Jinhua. As of 24:00 on January 31, Jinhua had reported a total of 34 confirmed cases (one in Wucheng District, three in Jindong District, ten in Dongyang, twelve in Yiwu, five in Yongkang, and three in Pujiang County), all of which were quarantined and treated in designated medical institutions. The total confirmed cases included five severe cases. Three infected patients have been cured and discharged from the hospital.
Zhou Guobiao said that although the number of confirmed cases announced in the past two days continued to increase and the epidemic prevention and control remained complex and grim, positive changes had occurred to Jinhua’s epidemic prevention and control. In the past week, the number of people going to fever outpatient clinics gradually decreased. People who tested positive for the virus on February 1 were fewer than the previous week. The treatment experience accumulated through the three cured cases enhanced the medical staff’s confidence in their ability overcome the disease.
At the press conference, the present government leaders also answered many questions of public concern. Luo Xiaojun, deputy mayor of Yiwu and deputy leader of the Yiwu Working Group on 2019-nCov Pneumonia Control and Prevention, said that as of 12:00 on February 1, Yiwu had reported 12 confirmed cases, among which the oldest patient was 72 years old and the youngest 22 years old. The conditions of all the patients were stable, including one severe case which had improved significantly with medical treatment. On January 31, the first cured case in Yiwu was discharged from the hospital after recovery. 4,756 people who may have been exposed to the virus were in centralized or home-based isolation in Yiwu. The government had designated 76 quarantine stations.
As the Spring Festival holiday ended on February 2, people started to go back to work. This large population flow is a daunting task for epidemic control and prevention. Wang Fengying, deputy director of the Jinhua Municipal Center for Disease Control and Prevention and leader of the Jinhua Expert Group for Novel Coronavirus Epidemic Control and Prevention, advised employers to test the health of employees before they return to work, strictly implement the health monitoring system, and conscientiously carry out various prevention and control measures.
Wang Fengying suggested that employees truthfully provide information about their exposure to the epidemic, wear masks on their way to work, and try not to take public transportation. If it is necessary to take public transportation, they should try to avoid touching parts of the vehicle with their hands. Employees should take their temperature before entering the office building and work only when their results are normal. They should keep their workplaces clean and regularly ventilated, reduce close contact with others, and wear masks when entering public areas. In addition, washing their hands frequently and seeing a doctor quickly with symptoms of fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms are also important.
Zhou Guobiao also introduced Jinhua’s medical treatment capacity. Jinhua has set up 36 fever outpatient clinics in hospitals above Tier 2 and nine designated hospitals at the municipal and county levels. Jinhua has also arranged 160 isolation wards and 320 beds, including 34 beds in 17 negative-pressure rooms. (By Dong Hongcheng, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)