Hospital employees testing positive for COVID-19

Hospital employees testing positive for COVID-19

PARAGOULD/JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 battle, are also testing positive for the virus.

There have been recent positive tests for COVID-19 among employees at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, and NEA Baptist Hospital with officials there saying they have worked to help educate employees on the issue.

NEA Baptist stated in a social media post Thursday that all employees and patients undergo a screening process and are given a fresh mask before entering its 16 locations.

Currently, the healthcare provider reports 260 positive COVID-19 tests in its clinics and 151 in its hospital. NEA Baptist is currently treating 21 hospitalized patients, including 6 in the intensive care unit and 2 who are on ventilators.

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Posted by NEA Baptist on Thursday, July 23, 2020
“As a large employer with over two thousand team members across sixteen Northeast Arkansas locations, our team is a snapshot of our communities. As we see cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, our team members are, of course, at risk of exposure to the virus. We have had team members exposed to the virus, and when immediately identified, are placed on paid medical quarantine until they clear a protocol that allows them to return to work.
Sam Lynd, CEO at NEA Baptist
“Like many other healthcare facilities in Arkansas, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center recently had some employees test positive for COVID-19. All employees are screened daily and are required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while working at AMMC. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 or present with symptoms are placed on home isolation, consistent with Arkansas Department of Health and CDC guidelines,” the statement noted.
AMMC Director of the Foundation and Marketing Tori Thompson

A hospital official said work is being done to help employees and patients in a trying time.

Meanwhile St. Bernards Medical Center has seen about two percent of its workers test positive for COVID.

At St. Bernards Medical Center, we have cared for more than 175 COVID-19 positive patients in separate and specialized areas of our hospital since March 13. In addition, through our hospitals and clinics, we have tested nearly 10,000 individuals. Our return positivity rate, while obviously fluctuating, aligns closely with other regions of the state. However, we have seen the positivity rate increase over the last several weeks for our region. Because St. Bernards is a regional provider serving 23-counties in Arkansas and Missouri, these numbers represent the virus's presence in the larger Northeast Arkansas region.
Mitchell Nail, St. Bernards Media Relations Manager

Region 8 News has also reached to St. Bernards on the issue as well. We’re still waiting on official numbers to be released.

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