Wednesday, October 7, 2020

SoHum Health District Employee Tests Positive for COVID

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2020 at 12:43 PM

Southern Humboldt Health District’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Rees confirmed this morning that an employee of the district has tested positive for COVID-19.

He released a statement this morning stating the appropriate agencies have been contacted and an investigation has been started and additional testing is underway. 

"We screen everyone who enters the district – employees, patients, vendors, and visitors," Rees said. "Due to the ongoing investigation, we have temporarily restricted visitors again."

Read the full statement below:

With the spread of this coronavirus we knew at some point this might, and was even likely, to happen. We have contacted the appropriate agencies and have started an investigation as well as additional testing. This is in addition to our weekly testing of hospital and skilled nursing facility staff. We have many other measures in place, as part of our mitigation plan, to keep our employees and patients safe.

Clinical staff wear personal protective equipment. We have a stock of personal protective equipment and continuously inventory that stock. We screen everyone who enters the district – employees, patients, vendors, and visitors. Due to the ongoing investigation, we have temporarily restricted visitors again.

We encourage all to continue with the measures encouraged by public health such as wearing face masks, hand washing, and social distancing. In addition, we encourage the community to get their flu shots, as contracting both the influenza virus and coronavirus can be particularly dangerous. Lastly, we encourage smoking cessation, as that also increases the risk of complications due to COVID-19. SoHum health can provide flu shots and smoking cessation support through clinic appointments.
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