The over 100 employees who tested positive are in three hospitals in Boston. The numbers were reported by these institutions on Wednesday evening:
• Boston Medical Center – 15 employees
“Employees who test positive only work after they have been approved by the occupational health service,” Serena Bronda, spokeswoman for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told CNN.
Massachusetts General Hospital believes that most of its coronavirus-positive staff have been infected with the virus in a location other than the hospital, representative Terri Ogan said.
This belief is based on “hospital data, our extensive implementation of CDC-controlled infection control procedures across the hospital, and the scale of the community’s spread in Massachusetts,” said Ogan.
Boston Doctor: We’re still fine, but we’re getting ready
A doctor from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital told CNN on Thursday that the staff at their facility are still good, even if sick employees stay at home.
The doctor Dr. However, Daniela Lamas notes that Boston has never seen the types of coronavirus patients like the New York City region.
“We haven’t seen the surge in patients yet, and one can still hope that this doesn’t happen irrationally, but we’re getting ready for it,” Lamas, a pulmonary and intensive care doctor, told CNN’s Jim Sciutto.
With more than 30,800, the state of New York has by far the most cases in the state.
Medical workers at coronavirus hotspots across the country have said they are running out of protective equipment such as masks, robes, and gloves to prevent the spread of coronavirus from patients to themselves in hospitals.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital currently had enough equipment, but “we are concerned about the day when it is no longer the case,” said Lamas.
“When we watch New York and watch everything they go through, we have allowed ourselves to start up in a way that feels safe,” said Lamas. “Ask us if we see a rush of cases and I’m not sure.”
Doctors and politicians across the country have warned of a shortage of staff that could occur when hospital staff fall ill and temporarily move away from the workforce to recover.
States like New York have asked retired medical workers to be willing to serve as assistants.
“If you (sick doctors) take out of the equation, who intervenes to take care of all these patients?” Dr. Rodrigo Kong, an emergency doctor at Staten Island University Hospital in New York, told CNN on Thursday.
Massachusetts Nurses: We should assume that all patients have a coronavirus
The association also said this in a letter to state officials on Tuesday, asking them to do everything possible to ensure that medical service providers have enough personal protective equipment or PPE.
“At this point, we should assume that all patients are COVID-19 positive. The inability to quickly separate patients effectively, and the lack of available tests with quick results have left us with mixed patients, and the virus is ahead of us.” , it says in the letter.
“The lack of PSA is well known at this point. Our healthcare workers will be able to care for their patients without the proper care to protect themselves and their patients,” the letter said.
“Some health care facilities make dangerous recommendations based on supply shortages rather than scientific evidence,” the letter added.