According to the hospital, the diagnosis was confirmed on Monday April 13 and the employee isolates himself at home. Before the diagnosis, the hospital said that the employee had worn appropriate personal protective equipment while working at the hospital.
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STEGH and Southwestern Public Health are investigating and tracing the contacts of staff and patients who were in close contact with the employee, who allegedly contracted the virus through community transmission.
“We are starting to see an increase in community transmissions of COVID-19,” said STEGH CEO Robert Biron in a statement.
“As a result, cases among health workers are not unexpected in the region. The safety of our patients and our staff is our first priority, and our team acted quickly and decisively to deal with the situation. “
The hospital says that “appropriate measures” have been taken “to monitor and mitigate the potential spread” of the new coronavirus within the hospital.
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Southwestern Public Health’s medical officer of health, Dr. Joyce Lock, said in a statement that she was “reassured that the STEGH team was taking all necessary precautions and was following public health guidelines to limit the transmission of COVID-19 “
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The health agency also says that anyone who has been in direct contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case will be contacted and “will receive special care instructions”.
Southwestern Public Health said Tuesday that there have been 36 confirmed cases in its area, and six resolved cases.
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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:
Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.
Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying at home as much as possible, and keeping two meters away from others if you go out.
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