COVID-19 Situation Update 13

Date: October 25th 2021

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The current wave of COVID-19 in Tak Province of Thailand, bordering Burma, has been ongoing for almost four months, starting with large outbreaks detected in factories in the area. The biggest city in the province, Mae Sot (home to the clinic), along with its neighboring districts, continues to average over 100 new infections per day, resulting in a steady, severe strain on the local medical system. There are 3,161  patients currently receiving care for COVID-19 in Tak Province and 20,712 patients have been diagnosed since April 1st of this year alone, an increase of 1,480 patients from the last weekly update on October 17th. On Monday, October 25th, 142 new cases were diagnosed in Tak, with 100 of those in Mae Sot, home to the clinic, and the nearby districts of Phop Phra, Mae Ramat, and Tha Song Yang. (Tak Provincial Public Relations Office Page)

Since June 28th, the Mae Tao Clinic has operated as an official field hospital for the Mae Sot public health system, providing care for infected individuals deemed low risk for developing complications or severe disease. While MTC staff members are responsible for providing daily care, they work in partnership with medical staff of the Mae Sot Hospital and other Thai public health entities, closely monitoring patients for evidence of clinical deterioration and facilitating timely referrals if necessary. There are 20 people infected with COVID-19 who are currently under MTC’s supervision, a decrease of 1 since the last weekly update. Since the start of the current wave, MTC has treated a total of 700 COVID-19 patients, all of whom have either been referred from the Thai health system, are staff from MTC and partner organizations or are residents of the surrounding communities.

While the Thai government plans to ease up on the COVID-19 restrictions, including a readjusted curfew time and relaxations of quarantine measures for vaccinated international arrivals from lower incidence countries, the nationwide vaccination rollout rate has been steadily gathering pace and, currently, about 42.74% of the population is fully vaccinated as of October 24th. Amid these changes, the ongoing steady increase in the number of newly infected persons in the Mae Sot area has yet placed a serious and prolonged strain on the local health system. In order to help alleviate the pressure on the Mae Sot public health system, beginning in early August, the MTC partnered with the Mae Sot Hospital to form a local COVID-19 control committee. The committee worked to establish alternate isolation systems for mildly ill patients or those without symptoms, thereby freeing up health facilities and personnel to care for those more severely ill, while also closely monitoring patients and facilitating timely referrals, if needed. These measures also helped provide another source for isolation and quarantine services to help control community spread. Home isolation guidelines were also developed and disseminated to those being isolated and treated at home, in factories and in the community. The MTC, working closely with other members of the committee, began providing services for patients undergoing these alternative isolation procedures in the Tha Sai Luat District, just west of Mae Sot city, bordering Burma. These include not only providing monitoring and assessments, along with referrals, for patients, many of whom live in remote areas, but also testing services for COVID-19, medical waste management, and food support.

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has also added other, severe, indirect strains on the health system. With health facilities forced to close or curtail their services to address the epidemic, including the MTC early during the current wave of the crisis, those still operational have faced additional demands for non-COVID-19-related services. Thus, MTC made the decision to resume care for expectant migrant women on the 17th of August; immunization service for essential child preventive health care on August 30th; then resumed outpatient reproductive health services on September 6th; and adult outpatient services on September 22nd. Other general services such as dental care, eye care, and trauma care resumed on October 4th and all inpatient services are now fully resumed. Prior to the resumption of All services now operate under new, strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines and protocols, including controls on the number of clients waiting at any given time. As we continue to see community transmission of COVID-19, we will closely monitor patient flows and gradually adjust service provision as the situation requires.

Category Total case New case Referred to MSH Currently under supervision Recovered/


Clinical staff 67 0 5 0 67
Non clinical staff 100 0 12 0 100
Household contact 111 0 2 0 111
Surrounding community contact 85 0 5 0 85
Patient 114 4 13 10 105
RH delivery patients and their family 15 6 4 6 9
Field Hospital 208 2 6 4 204
Total 700 12 47 20 681

* Last updated on October 20th, 2021

As of October 20th, 20 people infected with COVID-19 (16 staff members, household contacts, surrounding community members, patients and their household members, and 4 referred from the Mae Sot public health system) are in isolation within the clinic compound. Those who have had close contact with patients confirmed to have COVID-19 are also quarantined. A total of 681 people infected with COVID-19 have recovered and have been discharged after at least 14 days isolation and monitoring. The clinic is currently in the process of screening staff members who have recovered from COVID-19 to assess for potential longer-term impairments which may impact their ability to work prior to their return.

Under the Thai national COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, frontline health workers, including staff from MTC, have been receiving vaccinations this year. Currently, 267 MTC staff are now fully vaccinated (with two doses of Sinovac, Sinopharm, Pfizer or AstraZeneca) and 21 staff who have completed the two-dose series of Sinovac received an additional 3rd booster dose of AstraZeneca.

MTC has been designated as a vaccination site for the migrant community in Mae Sot, working as part of the Thailand vaccination rollout plan. As part of this initiative, 678 staff of MTC and its partner organizations, along with community members on the priority list for exposure to and consequences of COVID-19, were given their second vaccine dose with Sinopharm by trained health workers of MTC and its partner organizations. MTC is working to ensure that all staff and patients at MTC are as safe and as adequately protected in the compound as possible and  thus has been encouraging all MTC staff to be vaccinated by the end of this year. The occupational health and safety policy is currently under review to include a vaccine mandate for all staff members.

MTC, along with its partner CBOs and EHOs, will continue working with international NGOs to advocate for vaccine equity, helping to expand access for vulnerable populations living along the Thai-Burma border. Expanding such measures will not only protect the lives and livelihoods of among the most marginalized populations in Thailand but will also help to address the significant and growing health security threat posed by COVID-19 to the country and the region, particularly given widening conflict, human rights abuses, displacement and forced migration in Burma.

Clinical Services

We have resumed most OPD services, except physiotherapy and acupuncture, in a limited fashion and with advance reservations, while all inpatient services are fully resumed starting from October 4th. Please refer to the Facebook pages of the Mae Tao Clinic (in English and Burmese), which will frequently be updated to incorporate the most up-to-date information as it becomes available, particularly during the current unpredictable situation.

There have been many inquiries about testing and vaccinations for COVID-19. Unfortunately, the clinic is unable to provide these services at the present time as they are all currently handled through the Thai health system. If you think you have been exposed and would like testing, please contact the Mae Sot Hospital call center Tel. 065-461-1120 or the COVID-19 call center Tel. 1330. To access COVID-19 treatment, you can register in the Thai health system through the call center Tel. 1130, extension number 14, or add the Line account @sabaideebot and follow further instructions. If you have tested positive using a rapid test (antigen test kit), please call migrant home isolation center at Tel. 065-476-9295 or 065-476-6560. Services are available in Burmese and the center will help provide services including monitoring and health assessments, food and medicine support, and transportation support, if necessary.

For the latest vaccine information, please visit the Thai Government Public Relations Department’s official Facebook page. For those who are in need of assistance in management of non-communicable (chronic) diseases or HIV/AIDS, please contact Ms Sophia Hla (English, Burmese and Karen language), Tel. 081-037-5800 or Ms Sable Moe (Burmese and Karen language), Tel. 06-2945-6208.


We are deeply thankful for all those that have and continue to support our work and the communities we work with. For those interested in doing so, please understand that as a COVID-19 field hospital in the midst of a serious epidemic, to ensure safety for everyone, we are very limited in what we are able to accept. We are currently not able to accept cooked food or individually purchased medicines. If you would like to donate clothes or bedding, we respectfully request that these are new and in their original packaging. The supplies that we are currently most in need of are listed below.

General Social Support
Dry food (rice; tinned fish; cooking oil; salt; yellow beans; chili powder; seasoning etc.)
Nutritional supplements (milk; milo)
New bedding (mat; pillow; blanket; mosquito net)
Medical Supplies
PPEs (surgical mask for medical use; face shields; medical/ hospital grade gloves; medical coveralls)
N95 face mask
Infrared Thermometers
Pulse oximeters
Surgical Scrubs
Alcohol 70% + Glycerin 1% or Alcohol Gel
Lab Supplies
COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Kits (approved by Thai FDA)*
Glucose test (50/box)
Hygiene Supplies
Personal Hygiene Kit (soap; shampoo; tooth paste & tooth brush; sanitation pad; toilet paper)

*The list of approved kits can be found on the Thai FDA website, here:

Please note that this list is dynamic and, given the rapidly evolving circumstances, will be frequently updated to reflect our changing needs and priorities. For further questions regarding donations, please contact the designated persons listed below.

Contact information

For general inquiries and donations, please contact the following:

  • Ms Nwe Ni (English, Burmese and Thai language), Tel. 084-820-3743
  • Ms Naw Annie (English, Burmese and Karen language), Tel. 089-916-5855
  • Ms Pattinee Suanprasert (English and Thai language), Tel. 087-677-1415

For media inquiries:

For clinical inquiries:

  • Ms Sophia Hla (English, Burmese and Karen language), Tel. 081-037-5800
  • Ms Wah Kuh Paw (Burmese and Karen language), Tel. 089-961-7316

For those interested in supporting our COVID-19 emergency response efforts directly: this can be done through deposits/wire transfer to the following account:

Account Name: Suwannimit Foundation for Mae Tao Clinic
Account Number: 016-8-83807-7
Bank and Branch: Kasikorn Bank, Mae Sot
Bank Address: 84/9, Prasart Withi Rd., Mae Sot, Tak Province 63110, Thailand

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