Nineteen staff at Middlemore Hospital are believed to be close to the coward’s patient and have been out of work for 14 days.
The patient spent hours with other patients before testing positive. Covid-19.
The man arrived at Middlemore’s emergency department Saturday evening. “Unusual” Covid 19 signs.Including abdominal pain.
Normal exposure screening did not identify it as a threat to Covid 19. He was transferred from ED to an adult short stay ward before being taken to the surgical ward on Sunday morning. It was tested. But not isolated until a positive result returns. On sunday afternoon
On Tuesday, Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said she was “very satisfied” with the hospital’s clinicians who made good decisions. Based on current information, But noted that “there were a couple of points where the process was delayed”.
Under Alert Level 4, there is a set of procedures for checking for any person arriving at an emergency department for KVID, including an announcement of any symptoms, or if anyone is in contact or interested. Has been at
“That’s exactly what happened in this case,” he said.
After speaking with County Manukau DHB Chief Executive Dr. Margi Apa, Bloomfield said staff followed advice on infection prevention and control.
It included that the staff was wearing PPE. “Suitable for situationsHe said that in which this person was being assessed and managed.
However, “there were a couple of points where the process was delayed” – the health board is looking for “what was behind it”.
When asked if the hospital would like to examine all patients on arrival at the hospital for Cove 19, he said it was “practically impossible” to do so.
On Tuesday, Bloomfield said the man is a member of a family where eight out of 11 people in the household have tested positive for Covid 19.
Bloomfield said the Auckland Regional Public Health Service is “quite confident” about where the Delta community fits into the spread, and how the infection could enter the home.
Meanwhile, all patients and staff of the two affected wards are being classified as close liaisons for a period of 10 hours from 6.30 am to 4.30 pm on Sunday until further investigation. The Northern Region Health Coordination Center (NRHCC) said earlier. Equipment
As of Monday, the wards were closed to any new admissions and patients were being cared for as if they were “infected with covid.”
The NRHCC had earlier said that patients who have been exposed to ED while living have been transferred to the cove affected isolation as a precaution.
ED staff are required to wear N95 masks and goggles as usual and, as such, are considered comfortable contacts. As of Monday afternoon, none of the crew had stood up.
The NRHCC had earlier said health officials were investigating the case to identify and isolate close contacts, but it had not yet answered questions about how many people were potentially at risk. Is.