From the 3rd of next month, right after the Lunar New Year holiday, hospital-level and clinic-level medical institutions will be able to test for COVID-19 and receive prescription drugs.

The health authorities are planning to first provide COVID-19 treatment at 431 respiratory clinics nationwide, and then gradually expand the number of COVID-19 treatment institutions to hospitals and clinics.

The Central Accident Management Headquarters (heavy water edition) announced today (28th) the main contents of 'neighborhood hospital/clinic examination and treatment system conversion'.

According to the plan, from the 3rd of next month, patients suspected of having COVID-19 can be examined by a doctor at hospitals and clinics and receive rapid antigen testing.

If the rapid antigen test is positive, the final positive is confirmed by PCR (gene amplification) test at screening clinics, etc.

Corona 19 treatment at these hospitals and clinics will be fully implemented at respiratory clinics nationwide from the 3rd of next month.

Respiratory clinics refer to hospitals and clinics that are capable of managing infection, such as a negative pressure facility, and have separate routes for patients with and without respiratory symptoms, with a total of 431 designated nationwide.

Of the 431, 115 are clinics, 150 are hospitals, and 166 are general hospitals.

After that, the hospital plans to gradually expand the number of medical institutions for treating COVID-19 to local hospitals and clinics, including the otolaryngology department. is in progress.

Accordingly, Jungsubon has been accepting applications for hospitals and clinics wishing to treat COVID-19 since the previous day.

In preparation for the possibility of a sharp increase in the number of asymptomatic and mild patients due to the spread of Omicron mutation, the center plans to expand the number of home treatment management medical institutions.

In particular, to revitalize the participation of clinic-level medical institutions, various at-home treatment management models are prepared and applied.

Currently, there are a total of 385 medical institutions that monitor the health status of home healers, and 23 of them are clinic-level medical institutions.

First of all, the 'intensive care group', such as those aged 60 and over, those with underlying medical conditions, and those in their 50s who are not vaccinated, are assigned to medical institutions that can be managed 24 hours a day.

In addition to the 'general management group' treatment, one of three at-home treatment models in which clinicians participate is applied.

First, each clinic monitors the patient's condition during the day and manages it at night by the 'Home Treatment Support Center', a consortium of clinics.

Second, if the hospital has tested and treated Corona 19 patients, there is a method that allows on-call calls at home even at night (from 7 pm to 9 am the next day) with the concept of a 'physician'.

Lastly, we plan to apply the method of linking with other hospital-level home medical institutions that are monitored by each clinic during the day and operated 24 hours a day at night.