Oregon State Hospital testing all staff amid COVID-19 outbreak

Oregon State Hospital in Salem is evaluating about 1,900 workers in response to a COVID-19 outbreak connected to one of its systems, according to an Oct. 20 notification on the Oregon Health Authority website.

Kelly Gooch –
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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3 clients and six personnel from the Lighthouse 2 unit have actually checked positive for the coronavirus at the general public psychiatric facility, hospital officials said in the notice. The system has actually been under quarantine since Oct. 15.

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” While we do not think the exposure is hospitalwide, we are proceeding with the best quantity of caution and safety,” the health center said..

Healthcare facility authorities said they are also dealing with the state to evaluate all personnel on the Salem school, as well as any Junction City staff who have worked on the Salem campus given that Sept. 28..

Other steps being taken by Oregon State Hospital include suspending patient visitation to all except hospice clients; producing protective units for high-risk clients; canceling client community trips, with exceptions; and opening three admissions-monitoring units. Health center officials said thats in addition to other steps such as screening clients two times daily for COVID-19 signs; contact-tracing for anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 case; sending out employees home to self-monitor as essential; and evaluating all clients and staff who enter the center for infection signs.

Officials stated all clients from the unit have actually been evaluated, with 3 favorable outcomes. Fifteen extra clients who were exposed but tested negative are being dealt with as “individuals under monitoring” on Lighthouse 2. The 3 favorable patients and 15 others will remain on their units for at least 14 days.

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Officials stated all clients from the unit have actually been checked, with 3 positive outcomes. Fifteen extra clients who were exposed however checked unfavorable are being dealt with as “individuals under monitoring” on Lighthouse 2. The three positive patients and 15 others will stay on their systems for at least 14 days.