PMH Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
As of Tuesday, July 21st, 2020, and in full transparency, Pocahontas Memorial Hospital confirmed that one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19. This employee last worked at PMH on July 20th and is believed to have caught the virus on July 17th at an off-duty event.
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital takes the health of not only their patients and visitors, but also their staff, very seriously. In accordance with CDC and public health guidance, following the diagnosis of this health care worker, the hospital took several steps including appropriate work restrictions, testing, contact tracing, and immediate cleaning and disinfection. They are working on identifying and notifying potential contacts and obtaining testing for direct co-workers. Anyone who is identified as having direct contact with this person will be contacted by the Pocahontas County Health Dept and informed to monitor for symptoms.
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Infection Control Nurse points out that this does NOT mean that someone who was in contact will catch COVID-19. The hospital has many safe guards in place to protect all patients, visitors and staff and it is precisely because of this type of situation. Staff are required to wear a mask for all interactions with patients.
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has been a county leader in advocating for mask usage, social distancing, and proper hygiene since March. the hospital has taken what many saw as drastic steps with visitor restrictions, temperature monitoring, and mask usage in the hospital before a positive case was even reported for Pocahontas County.
Our thanks to Susan Wilkins with Pocahontas Memorial Hospital for the information in this report.