Two NorthBay Vaca Val­ley work­ers in iso­la­tion af­ter test­ing pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive for Coron­avirus

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Nick Ses­tanovich ns­es­[email protected]­porter.com

Two em­ploy­ees at NorthBay Va­caVal­ley Hospi­tal were re­port­edly pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive for the Novel Coron­avirus, aka COVID-19, Solano and Alameda County health of­fi­cials an­nounced in a joint news re­lease Sun­day.

The two cases are pend­ing of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tory test­ing from the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC), of­fi­cials wrote.

The two health care work­ers are presently in iso­la­tion at their homes, with one be­ing a Solano County res­i­dent and the other an Alameda County res­i­dent. Both had been ex­posed to a com­mu­nity-ac­quired case who had pre­vi­ously stayed at NorthBay Va­caVal­ley for three days be­fore it was de­ter­mined she did not fit the Coron­avirus test­ing. With her con­di­tion wors­en­ing, the pa­tient was trans­ferred to the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Sacra­mento where it was de­ter­mined she did have the virus and was ad­min­is­tered ap­pro­pri­ate care.

Ac­cord­ing to Solano and Alameda health of­fi­cials, the ini­tial case is slowly re­cov­er­ing, and her fam­ily mem­bers had neg­a­tive test re­sults for the virus and re­main in quar­an­tine. She was the first pa­tient to con­tract the virus with­out known ex­po­sure to an­other pa­tient or who had trav­eled to an im­pacted re­gion.

“Due to the ag­gres­sive mea­sures that pub­lic health and hospi­tal staff un­der­took, all po­ten­tial ex­po­sures to the case were promptly iden­ti­fied and iso­lated so that pa­tients are not placed at higher risk. Due to the ag­gres­sive mea­sures that pub­lic health and hospi­tal staff un­der­took, all po­ten­tial ex­po­sures to the case were promptly iden­ti­fied and iso­lated so that pa­tients are not placed at higher risk. Health care of­fi­cials have im­me­di­ately up­dated pro­to­cols and pro­ce­dures to en­sure pa­tient safety is pri­or­i­tized,” Dr. Bela Matyas, Solano County health of­fi­cer, said in a state­ment “This un­der­scores the chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment that health care work­ers ev­ery­where face to stem the spread of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, in­clud­ing COVID-19. Health care and Pub­lic Health of­fi­cials through­out the state are com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing pa­tients.”

Health care work­ers who were in con­tact with the ini­tial pa­tient as she was hos­pi­tal­ized were quickly iden­ti­fied by Pub­lic Health and hospi­tal staff and will stay in iso­la­tion or quar­an­tine and not re­turn to pa­tient care un­til they are cleared, of­fi­cials wrote.

Of­fi­cials noted that ad­di­tional coron­avirus cases may oc­cur among those who had con­tact and that the ini­tial pa­tient did not meet the CDC’s cri­te­ria for Coron­avirus test­ing nor the “high-risk thresh­old” for Coron­avirus-spe­cific pro­tec­tive per­sonal equip­ment by those pro­vid­ing care.

“As al­ways, our top pri­or­ity is the health and safety of our pa­tients, our staff, physi­cians and the com­mu­nity,” Aimee Brewer, pres­i­dent of NorthBay Health­Care Group, said in a state­ment. “We took im­me­di­ate and com­pre­hen­sive mea­sures in­tended to stop any fur­ther spread of the virus, in­clud­ing work­ing with pub­lic health of­fi­cials to trace the con­tacts the two work­ers may have had. We re­main in close con­tact with na­tional, state and lo­cal pub­lic health au­thor­i­ties to en­sure we are fol­low­ing the most up-to-date pro­to­cols and pro­ce­dures for deal­ing with this evolv­ing sit­u­a­tion.”

Brewer fur­ther wrote that the two health care work­ers fol­lowed the CDC pro­to­cols that were in place at the time re­gard­ing the Coron­avirus. Since the ini­tial case, the CDC has up­dated its pro­to­cols for eval­u­at­ing and treat­ing pos­si­ble cases, which NorthBay has im­ple­mented.

“The pro­to­cols also are de­signed to en­sure that our hos­pi­tals re­main safe for all pa­tients in the com­mu­nity who need our care and for those who pro­vide it,” she wrote.

Jayleen Richards, Solano County’s Pub­lic Health ad­min­is­tra­tor, told The Re­porter

the two em­ploy­ees were tested by the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health and deemed “pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive,” mean­ing they will be sent to the CDC for con­fir­ma­tion.

“Once they’re con­sid­ered pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive, the county must act as if they are pos­i­tive and start its in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” she said.

Richards said the in­ves­ti­ga­tions would con­sist of in­di­vid­u­als the work­ers may have been in con­tact with.

“We triage those, screen those and de­cide what steps need to be taken from then,” she said.

Richards said the Solano NorthBay em­ployee is not cur­rently dis­play­ing any symp­toms as she re­mains in iso­la­tion at her home. Ad­di­tion­ally, Richards said the cur­rent num­ber of pos­i­tive cases is three, in­clud­ing a res­i­dent who last Fri­day was an­nounced to have been aboard the Di­a­mond Princess cruise ship, where a coron­avirus out­break was dis­cov­ered off the Port of Yoko­hama, Ja­pan.

On Mon­day, ap­prox­i­mately 140 pa­tients un­der quar­an­tine at Travis Air Force Base who were de­ter­mined not to be a threat to the com­mu­nity boarded buses to lo­cal air­ports, where they will be al­lowed to re­turn home. The pa­tients were all Di­a­mond Princess pas­sen­gers.

To help pre­vent the spread of germs, the county ad­vises tak­ing such pre­cau­tions as wash­ing hands with liq­uid soap and wa­ter while rub­bing for at least 20 sec­onds, cov­er­ing your mouth or nose with a tis­sue or sleeve when cough­ing or sneez­ing; not touch­ing your eyes, nose or mouth; stay­ing home when sick and get­ting a flu shot to pro­tect your­self and oth­ers from get­ting the flu, which has sim­i­lar symp­toms to the Coron­avirus.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to cdc.gov/COVID19 or to NorthBay’s web­page at northbay.org/about/Coron­avirus.cfm.

PHO­TOS BY JOEL ROSEN­BAUM — THE RE­PORTER

Dr. Bela Matyas, Pub­lic Health Of­fi­cer, Solano County Health and So­cial Ser­vices, Pub­lic Health Di­vi­sion an­swers ques­tions about a Solano County res­i­dent who tested pos­i­tive for the Novel Coron­avirus dur­ing a press con­fer­ence last week. Two health­care work­ers at NorthBay Va­caVal­ley Hospi­tal who had con­tact with the pa­tient have tested as pre­sump­tive pos­i­tive for the disease and are cur­rently in iso­la­tion at their homes, one in Solano County and the other in Alameda County.

Char­tered busses car­ry­ing some of the nearly 140 pas­sen­gers who were aboard the Di­a­mond Princess cruises ship leave Travis Air Force Base Mon­day af­ter fin­ish­ing their 14-day quar­an­tine pe­riod. The peo­ple were de­ter­mined not to be a threat and were be­ing trans­ported to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the area to travel to their fi­nal des­ti­na­tions.

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