JCF Healthcare District employee tests positive for Covid-19 virusFree Access

A John C. Fremont Healthcare District Mariposa clinical staff member with patient contact has tested positive for Covid-19 and it is the first case of a staff member testing positive.
This individual is not one of the eight staff members that were potentially exposed from the two positive cases identified at the district earlier in the week, according to Therese Williams, director of public relations and outreach.
Risk of exposure to patients and staff is still considered low at this time, said Williams.
The individual was exposed to the virus outside of their work at the district.
Contact tracing took place immediately to patients and staff who may have had contact with this individual. The people are quarantining at home and managing symptoms until the testing results return.
All staff, including the Covid-19 confirmed staff member, have been practicing wearing face masks, washing hands and adhering to social distancing since the pandemic began. In addition, the district practices strict sanitation practices.
The hospital began screening all staff and patients on March 9, monitoring temperatures upon entry into the district. At the Ewing Wing, which is the long-term care portion of the hospital, the temperatures of all residents is being monitored regularly to ensure early identification of Covid-19 related symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines high risk exposure as contact with an infected person less than six feet away, without a mask, for longer than 15 minutes.
Anyone who visited the hospital between June 13 and June 14 and still has concerns, call (209) 966-3631 ext. 5056 to speak with the quality assurance staff.
The John C. Fremont Healthcare District Crisis Command Center was set up March 4. Members meet regularly to discuss updates released from the CDC, the World Health Organization and the Mariposa County Health Department.
“Our team has been working diligently to prepare since early March and our top priority is patient care and safety,” said Tom Wilkinson, Covid-19 Incident Commander and Chief Nursing Officer.
Anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms — fever or chills, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, malaise, fatigue, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache or diarrhea — should contact the clinic at (209) 966-3631 and if you have an urgent medical need, call the emergency room at (209) 966-3631 to advise staff of your arrival and symptoms.
John C. Fremont Hospital officials remind everyone to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands regularly and following the guidelines of the Mariposa County Health Officer.

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