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Experience at Department of Laboratory Medicine during the COVID-19 Outbreak in Daegu

Original article

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2020 December, Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 225-231.

https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2020.23.4.1

Experience at Department of Laboratory Medicine during the COVID-19 Outbreak in Daegu

Sunggyun Park1, Do-Hoon Kim1, Won-Mok Lee1, Jung-Sook Ha1, Dong-Seok Jeon1, Jae-Hee Lee2, Namhee Ryoo1
1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Keimyung University School of Medicine, 2Daegu Dongsan Hospital, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

The first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Korea was reported in January 2020. As the secondary transmissions accelerated within the country, the government revised the outbreak alert for COVID-19 from attention to caution. Mid-February, when a massive outbreak was reported from a church in Daegu, our institution initiated testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). More than 300 laboratory tests were performed within the first 2 months, before the number of cases began to decline. Here, we describe our experience of 4 months at the department of Laboratory Medicine, Keimyung University Dongsan Hospital, located in Daegu, where a massive COVID-19 outbreak occurred.

Keywords

COVID-19, Daegu, Laboratory medicine, PCR, SARS-CoV-2