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Epidemiology and Health 2021;e2021083.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4178/epih.e2021083    [Accepted] Published online Oct 18, 2021.
Experience of COVID-19 outbreak response in a general hospital in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Chanhee Kim1  , Gawon Choi1  , Shin Young Park2  , Jieun Kim2  , Young Joon Park2  , Kyungnam Kim2 
1Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Suwon-si, Korea
2Central Disease Control Headquarters, Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, Korea
Correspondence  Kyungnam Kim ,Email: nami6264@korea.kr
Received: Jul 22, 2021  Accepted after revision: Oct 18, 2021
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related to general hospitals has a higher risk because the outbreak not only overburdens the regional health care delivery system, but also increases the possibility of community transmission. This study shares the experience of the COVID-19 outbreak response in a general hospital in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
Since the first COVID-19 confirmed case was recognized in Hospital A on March 29, 2019, the Immediate Response Team (IRT) of Gyeonggi-do and Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) came up with a plan to conduct an epidemiological investigation and minimize the paralysis of hospital functions. Apart from the epidemiological investigation, a risk assessment of the hospital, and management of contacts, including patients and workers, were also undertaken.
A total of 72 confirmed cases were identified, including 26 hospitalized patients, 16 healthcare personnel, seven visitors, and 22 cases identified externally. The majority of the confirmed cases were exposed at or were related to the ward B (54.16% of 72 cases). Among healthcare personnel, caregivers were found to be the most vulnerable to COVID-19 in this outbreak.
Preparation for all possible situations in medical facilities is important because it is difficult to find alternative resources. The findings of this study not only provide information on controlling the further transmission of COVID-19, but also provide evidence of the importance of ordinary management skills required to be prepared for COVID-19.
Keywords: Coronavirus disease; COVID-19; Hospital; Health Personnel; Caregivers


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