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COVID-19 Outbreak Detected at Old Folks’ Home in Simee

An outbreak of COVID-19 infection was detected at Home for the Aged (C.W.S.) Simee, Ipoh on Malaysia Day (September 16) a few days ago.

According to an announcement on their Facebook page dated today (September 19), out of 43 residents of the home, 26 were tested positive for the virus while the remaining 17 were tested negative.

“11 out of the positive patients were asymptomatic and are currently being isolated at Block B of the home. The other 15 who displayed symptoms were assessed by doctors from the Kinta District Health Office (PKD) and subsequently admitted into Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun (HRPB).

“We were informed that they’re in stable condition. Nine were transferred to Batu Gajah Hospital while another one to Sungai Siput Hospital,” it explained.

State legislative assembly member (ADUN) for Canning, Jenny Choy Tsi Jen told Ipoh Echo when contacted today that no additional positive cases were reported from the home.

“We’ve contributed heavy-duty fogging machines, handheld disinfection fogging machines, N95 masks and hand sanitisers to the home earlier today to assist them in powering through these difficult times.

“We pray for a full and speedy recovery of the home’s positive patients involved,” she expressed.

Member of parliament (MP) for Ipoh Timor, Wong Kah Woh in his Facebook post said that the home strictly adhered to SOPs and the premises has been closed to the public since the Movement Control Order (MCO) last year.

“The residents have been staying inside the home all the time. It’s unfortunate that an outbreak still occurred despite that.

“Nevertheless, I have been with the home’s management for more than 10 years and I’m fully confident that they will persevere in handling this crisis.

“As the people’s representatives here, Jenny and I are always ready to provide our full assistance to the home at any time,” he added.

 

Chris Teh

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