As reported by Jefferson County Public Health, Saturday evening Jefferson Healthcare received lab results indicating a confirmed COVID-19 patient is a male in his 40’s. He came to the Jefferson Healthcare Express Clinic on Thursday masked and with mild symptoms and was taken back to an exam room within 15 minutes. The care team was also masked and followed proper protocols in testing and exposure prevention. The patient was not admitted and was sent home under voluntary isolation orders. After careful review of the visit, we do not anticipate provider, staff, or other patient exposure from this visit.
Out of respect for our patient and in following HIPAA guidelines, we are limited in what we can share. We can say, the patient presented to the clinic wearing a protective mask and staff followed CDC exposure control guidelines at all times and utilized the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and isolation protocols established to protect patients and staff. Employees involved in the care have been notified and are being monitored following JH policy and CDC guidelines.
“This seems to be a case where our systems designed to provide safe, effective care to high-risk patients worked. Our processes and procedures in place for staff protection and preventing the spread of COVID-19 are well established and maintained throughout all our facilities. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — our entire team is involved in making sure Jefferson Healthcare is a safe environment for our patients, our employees and the community we serve,” said Mike Glenn, Chief Executive Officer
It remains critically important to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the number of people potentially infected by decreasing the intensity and frequency of potential exposure. The COVID-19 Nurse Consult Line is now open 7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm. Later this week a drive-thru testing station will open near the Waterside entrance of the hospital to accommodate the expected increase in testing demand.
On Friday, Jefferson Healthcare implemented a temporary restriction in routine visitors to the hospital campus and clinics to help ensure the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community. The Café is closed to the public and all support groups, wellness center activities, and Exercise for Health are postponed. All patients in the hospital and clinics are limited to one guest to accompany them.