A Bristol staff in a healthcare facility has tested positive with COVID-19. The information was confirmed by the hospital spokesman on Friday.
The affected person is now in self-quarantine at home. Tracing of contacts have been made. Co-workers and patients who might have come in contact with the affected person have been notified and advised accordingly.
The hospital has stated that they will start screening at all entrances on their premises starting from Saturday morning. The screening will include all employees’ entrance and points including at the emergence center, medical care center, center for surgery, endoscopy, and any other entry point.
Screening of the coronavirus will include assessing temperature and any other signs of COVID-19 including sore throat, fever, and difficulty breathing. All employees are, therefore, advised to ensure they are screened at the entrance lobby.
The hospital management has maintained that this will be important if the state has to successfully deal with this epidemic which has already caused panic in many nations across the world since it was first reported in China.
According to the CDC, people should report to the health center if they experience the signs which are cough, fever, and shortness of breath. These signs can appear from 2-14 days after infection.
CDC has also released several prevention measures that should be observed by everyone. These measures include:
- Avoid unnecessary contact with the infected people.
- Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes.
- If you are sick or show signs of coronavirus, it is best to leave work and do self-quarantine at home.
- Practice hygiene by covering your mouth with a tissue that should be properly disposed of after.
- Disinfect and ensure the cleanliness of frequently used objects and surfaces.
- Infected people or those showing the signs should wear a facemask to prevent possible spread; however, healthy people should not wear them, unless they are coming in close contact with the sick people.
- Sanitize your hands regularly using 70% alcohol sanitizers, or use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.