Employee's positive Covid-19 test not to affect provision of services at Children's Hospital

  • 2020-04-21
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - An employee's positive Covid-19 test will not affect provision of healthcare services at Riga Children's Clinical University Hospital (BKUS), the hospital's board member Zane Straume said at a news conference Tuesday.

The hospital's representative informed that the employee worked at the hospital's surgery department. Responding to the Covir-19 case, the hospital's administration took measures described in a specific document drawn up for such cases.

The hospital's spokeswoman Una Grenevica told LETA that the BKUS surgery department has been closed for disinfection but will reopen thereafter. Patients are being temporarily moved to the infectious diseases department and will return to the surgery department after the disinfection.

Latvian Television reported that Covid-19 has been found in a nursing assistant working at the children's hospital.

The hospital has also drawn up a list of employees who have been in contact with the affected department and have been put in quarantine. BKUS is awaiting further instructions from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although it is not yet clear how the BKUS employee got infected, the hospital's spokeswoman said that a small number of Covid-19 patients have been treated at the hospital.

All employees who have been working at the affected department will be tested for the coronavirus infection.

As reported, an employee of Children's Clinical University Hospital has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the hospital's representative Una Grenevica informed LETA today.

A reported, Covid-19 patients have been detected earlier at Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital and Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital.

As reported, of the 1,304 people tested for Covid-19 during the past 24 hours nine were diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, according to information released by the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.