Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Three Staff Tested Positive for COVID-19 at Sempervirens Psychiatric Hospital

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The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Sempervirens 24-Hour Psychiatric Hospital, a 16-bed in-patient facility in Eureka.

According to the release, one staff member and a close contact tested positive for the virus on Sunday while the third tested positive during routine testing on Tuesday. The release also states that staff members and patients were tested for the virus.

Another round of testing will be done this week.

The facility has designated an isolation unit in a separate part of the building should any of the patients test positive for the virus.

“As case counts continue to rise throughout the county, we are constantly re-evaluating how we can provide services while taking safety precautions to protect staff, our clients and the community," DHHS Director Connie Beck said in a release.

Read the full press release below.
Three test positive at Sempervirens
Three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Sempervirens, Humboldt County Department Health & Human Services’ (DHHS) 16-bed in-patient psychiatric hospital located in Eureka.

Following confirmation that a staff person tested positive Sunday, an additional 63 staff and patients were tested, with one close contact of the first testing positive. A staff member who had previously undergone routine testing at OptumServe, received results on Tuesday that they were also positive. Another round of testing has been scheduled for later this week.

DHHS Director Connie Beck said although no patients have tested positive, a secure isolation unit has been established in a separate part of the building and can be utilized as needed. She said DHHS continues to take precautions toward safety. “As case counts continue to rise throughout the county, we are constantly re-evaluating how we can provide services while taking safety precautions to protect staff, our clients and the community.”

As is necessary when there is an outbreak in a congregate living facility, all appropriate reports and notifications have been made as required.
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