GEORGE TOWN: The new Covid-19 case recorded in Penang involved an 89-year-old patient who was detected with severe acute respiratory infection (Sari) at Lam Wah Ee Hospital here.
The patient was initially admitted to the accident and emergency (A&E) for acute gastroenteritis on Saturday (Sept 5).
"Our A&E triage staff found the patient had Sari and immediately isolated him in the negative pressure decontamination room and he was immediately transferred to the Penang Hospital.
"There were no other patients at that time and there were eight hospital personnel in direct contact with the patient.
“In accordance with Health Ministry guidelines, they were placed under close monitoring for their well-being.
"Lam Wah Ee Hospital is in full compliance with the Health Ministry's stringent guidelines on infection control and practises preventive measures to keep patients, visitors and staff safe – and will continue to do so.
"The patient was not admitted here and clinical services at the hospital are not affected.
"Patients can continue with existing care plans at the hospital in a safe environment.
On Sunday (Sept 6), Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said six new Covid-19 cases had been reported nationwide, involving three imported cases and three local transmissions.
Of the three local transmissions, one was recorded in Penang.
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