Johor Health Dept to open more Covid-19 assessment centres

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Health Department, which opened a Covid-19 Assessment Centre (CAC) at the Bukit Indah health clinic on Jan 10 to assess the condition of positive patients, will set up more similar facilities in the state.

"The Health Department is also in the process of setting up 12 more CACs throughout the state," said state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan (pic).

"The centre was set up to fulfil the needs of Covid-19 positive patients who have yet to be hospitalised to get medical consultation and early health checks.

"When a person tests positive for Covid-19, they will be referred to the centre for a health evaluation. They will then either be referred to the hospital or be quarantined at home.

"Positive patients going through quarantine at home are required to monitor their condition and to inform the Health Department if they are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms," he said in a press release on Wednesday (Jan 20).

He said that as of Tuesday (Jan 19), a total of 1,876 patients have gone to the centre and only 96 required hospitalisation.

Vidyananthan also said three more Covid-19 clusters were detected in Johor, bringing the total number of active clusters in the state to 47 as of Tuesday (Jan 19).

Vidyananthan said of the 368 new cases detected in Johor on Tuesday, 99 are from the existing clusters while 44 are from the three new clusters, namely the Jalan Taruka (Johor Baru), Taman Sayong Pinang (Kota Tinggi) and Sri Gading (Batu Pahat) clusters.

"118 of the new cases were detected through close contact screening and 106 from other screenings.

"As of Tuesday, the number of cases involving Malaysians in Johor stands at 7,913 while cases involving foreigners stands at 5,794," he said.

He said two more Covid-19 deaths were reported in Johor on Tuesday involving two men who are 71 and 72 years old.

"Eight districts in Johor are still classified as red zones, which are Johor Baru, Kota Tinggi, Muar, Kulai, Batu Pahat, Mersing, Pontian and Kluang.

"Meanwhile, Segamat is an orange zone and Tangkak is a yellow zone," he said.

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