California hospital testing all employees for COVID-19 after staff outbreak

Healdsburg District Hospital in California undertook a daylong effort Oct. 26 to test all of its staff members for COVID-19 after 14 employees contracted the virus this month, reports KTVU. 

Healdsburg is currently treating one COVID-19 patient, and the hospital isn't sure if any staff members contracted the virus from the patient. No other patients have been infected as a result of the staff outbreak.

So far, the hospital has tested 287 of its staff members with one additional person testing positive. A small number of hospital employees are out of town, and Healdsburg plans to test them when they return, according to a hospital statement sent to Becker's. A second round of testing will take place Oct. 30 to determine if any positives were missed. 

Before the outbreak, only employees treating COVID-19 patients had to wear N95 masks. Now, all staff members are required to wear one, according to KTVU

"Our facility is taking every measure to keep patients safe and the fact that we have zero transmissions from staff to patients is evidence that our safety protocols are working," Jim Schuessler, CEO of Healdsburg, said in the statement. 


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