11 VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System employees tested positive for COVID-19 | Coronavirus

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Eleven workers in the health care system in southern Nevada have been found to have COVID-19, according to a facility statement.

All staff members who tested positive were placed in isolation away from VA health facilities, the statement said. Nine receive medical treatment when they are quarantined at home while two are treated in hospitals in the valley.

Citing confidentiality concerns, the VA would not provide additional details on the cases. Employees must be authorized by Employee Occupational Health before returning to work.

To be released, they must meet these criteria:

  • Any fever should be resolved without the use of anti-fever medications and
  • Must show improvement in all respiratory symptoms (eg, cough, shortness of breath), and
  • The test must be negative on two consecutive test results for COVID 19 which are collected at least 24 hours apart or more.

EOH also tracks hospital staff movements to further prevent the spread of the disease. Any staff member potentially exposed is informed and if asymptomatic, they are allowed to continue working with a face mask at any time, the statement said.

To minimize the exposure or potential transmission of COVID-19, the community has implemented universal masking for staff at several health facilities and VASNHS is following suit. The masks are currently distributed to all of our employees and should be worn at all times in VASNHS facilities.

The VASNHS continues to remind staff daily that if they feel sick (especially if they have flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or fever), they must inform their supervisor, stay at home and immediately coordinate care with their health care provider.

VASNHS screens everyone who enters their facility for symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms is isolated and taken to a secondary screening area for assessment.

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