On October 10, 2020 a member of the NMC Emergency Department Care Team self-disclosed to NMC that the individual had tested positive for COVID-19. This has been identified as a community-acquired condition. The individual was asymptomatic prior to testing. The individual wore proper PPE and used proper measures (social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) during two recent shifts.
Patients, staff members, and community partners with whom this person had close contact during those shifts have been identified and informed. Proper follow-up testing is underway. Out of an abundance of caution given the close working conditions in the ED, all members of the ED staff are wearing N95 masks for the week while the testing is completed.
This serves as a strong reminder that anyone can contract COVID-19. It also underscores the importance of proper precautions to reduce the risk of transmission of illness, particularly as we enter the flu season. Use proper hand hygiene and maintain social distance from others. Wear a cloth face covering when proper social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained. Stay home when you are sick and contact your primary care provider for guidance. Please get your flu shot – it does not protect against COVID-19, but it does protect against influenza which is also a personal and public health concern.