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Craigavon Area Hospital Covid-19 clusters update August 28 2020, at 1pm

28th August 2020

Emergency Department

Total remains three members of staff tested positive, with 21 staff members currently off self-isolating as a precaution.

Approximately 150 staff members from within the department have been tested. All results to date are negative.

One of the positive staff members from ED had covered a shift in a Trauma theatre CAH

As a precaution, 7 members of staff from T&O theatres are currently off self-isolating but no further positive cases have been reported from this group.

As a result of reduced staffing levels, the theatre department is unable to provide double trauma lists daily to meet with demand.  A planned Orthopaedic surgical list on Wednesday 2nd September has been cancelled to ensure there is trauma list provision.

There is no impact to the Trauma theatre sessions Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday.

Haematology Ward

Four patients connected with the ward have tested positive within last 48 hours. Six patients previously reported as positive.

Eight members of staff have tested positive and are currently off and self-isolating.

Contacts of these staff members have been identified and are isolating as a precaution.

All other members of staff connected to the ward are being tested again as a precaution.

Detailed investigation is on-going.

The Ward remains closed to new admissions.

Trust  staff  continue to work closely with the Public Health Agency to manage the situation. The PHA Contact Tracing Service has been following up with any confirmed Contacts within the wider Community. The safety of patients, staff and wider contacts remains a priority.

There will be no routine visiting to the ward until further notice unless in exceptional circumstances.

Virtual visiting is available on request by contacting 077 7651 6419 between 9am and 5pm.

Covid-19 continues to rise in our community.

We urgently appeal to everyone to wash their hands  and maintain social distancing.

As the Health Minister has stated publicly, clusters and outbreaks are anticipated in hospitals, we all have to do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus and deal with any outbreaks swiftly and effectively