Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has reached out to patients, family members, visitors and employees who may be at risk of exposure to its employees who tested positive for COVID-19.
"If you haven't gotten notified, then you were not identified as being at risk," spokeswoman Elizabeth Coulton said Friday.
She was responding to the Thursday report that the hospital/medical center has employees who have tested positive for the illness from the novel coronavirus.
'We can confirm that employees at Cincinnati Children’s have tested positive for COVID-19," hospital officials said in a statement released Thursday.
Hospital officials would not comment specifically about how many employees tested positive, or their roles at the hospital.
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Cincinnati Children's is following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance in conducting an investigation, hospital officials said.
"Those identified as potentially at risk are notified and given guidance on next steps," the statement reads. "At Cincinnati Children’s the safety of our employees, patients and families is our top priority."
Also on Thursday Cincinnati Children's announced the closure of Anderson Urgent Care. The closure will remain in effect at least through the month of April, according to the statement. Offices in Eastgate, Mason and Northern Kentucky closed last week.
Some ambulatory, lab and radiology services will continue at the Anderson location, according to the statement. Lab and radiology services will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
"This decision was made by carefully balancing local care needs and important goals related to staff health and exposure, as well as conservation of personal protection equipment (PPE)," the statement reads. "These closures will allow us to combine resources to care for patients who need urgent, emergency and critical care."
Liberty Campus, Burnet Campus and Green Township urgent care locations remain open, officials said.
Through the pandemic, Cincinnati area hospitals have tried to keep patients and caregivers safe, using protocols that include temperature-taking, restricted visiting and testing medical workers if they have symptoms of COVID-19.Cincinnati Children's is no different. Coulton provided a partial list of the precautions the hospital has put in place. They include:
- Screening employees and visitors to prevent symptomatic people from entering our facilities.
- Testing patients and employees based on CDC guidelines.
- Enforcing social distancing throughout our facilities.
- Temporarily restricting research except for critical activities, including research into COVID-19.
- Requiring employees who are sick to stay home and encouraging those who can work from home to do so.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include a dry cough, fever and shortness of breath.
It's not known where the Cincinnati Children's employees acquired the illness, hospital officials said.
In Northern Kentucky, a nurse practitioner is being treated for COVID-19, and it is not known where she picked up the illness.