HUNTINGTON, U.S. (WSAZ) – A hospital is experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.
According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital has 35 employees and 24 patients who are positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday.
Testing of the entire site ended on Tuesday, so no further results were available for the governor’s briefing on Wednesday.
DHHR says psychiatric hospitals in the state follow testing protocols if there is testing in the event of a positive case. Each patient is tested on admission and before discharge.
Due to the outbreak, patients and staff will be tested twice a week.
The source of the outbreak has not been confirmed, although the contract has been monitored.
Since March, the hospital has taken all the precautions proposed and necessary, says DHHR. The staff is checked with a temperature check and a questionnaire when they start work. This is necessary before any staff member is allowed on any of the buildings on campus.
Employees working on the floor of the coronavirus or the observation unit are provided with full PPE. Other staff members also have PPE.
DHHR epidemiologists have monitored the situation.
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