The new COVID-19 outbreak in Chiang Mai appears to be gaining traction as authorities continue to report new clusters. Provincial health officials have launched a proactive testing campaign for populations at risk, to quickly isolate patients and reduce the chain of transmission.
Chiang Mai province health officials have launched a proactive COVID-19 screening and vaccination campaign targeting those most at risk.
Contextual testing and vaccination clinics have been set up at Tha Phae Gate, among others, to proactively test and identify COVID-19 patients for rapid isolation and treatment, regardless of nationality.
The province is now trying to control transmission within 14 days, following reports of new clusters emerging in villages and among migrant workers.
Other proactive testing clinics have been set up in the Provincial Auditorium, Ban Den Park and Chang Khlan Mosque. These pop-up installations can run around 200 to 300 tests per day and will run until November 17.
Two test protocols are now adopted in these pop-up test centers. The first set of tests will be performed using antigen test kits. Thai nationals who test positive at this point will be retested using the molecular method RT-PCR.
Migrant workers whose initial antigen test is positive will, however, be immediately admitted to a community isolation center. Those who test negative will receive their vaccination appointment immediately, in case they have not yet been vaccinated. (NNT)