Two John C. Fremont Healthcare District staff members have tested positive for Covid-19. The JCF Infection Control department has conducted contact tracing with support from the Mariposa County Health & Human Services Agency. Staff members identified as close contacts have been placed into quarantine.
All staff, including the Covid-19 confirmed staff member, have worn face masks, performed hand hygiene and adhered to social distancing while in direct patient care areas since the pandemic began. In addition to face masks, the use of face shields has been required in patient care areas since July 20th further reducing the risk of transmission.
Risk of exposure to patients is considered low at this time. The investigation determined that no patients that may have come into contact with the cases require quarantine.
If you are 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) contact the JCF 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.
“I want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to keep you safe and healthy in these unprecedented times. From additional intense cleaning of our hospital to limited entry points and visitor restrictions, our priority is your health. We’re also making sure the doctors, nurses and other essential staff have the supplies and support they need to care for you and go home to their families. And if you have an emergency, don’t delay. We’re here for that too. We are ready, safe and open for you,” said Tom Wilkinson, Chief Nursing Officer and Covid-19 Commander.
John C. Fremont Hospital would like to remind everyone to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands regularly and following the guidelines of the Mariposa County Health Officer.
For general questions you may have about Covid-19, visit the County Covid-19 webpage www.mariposacounty.org/1592/COVID-19-Information or call the Mariposa County Covid-19 Hotline at 209-259-1332.
For more information or for a media interview with Tom Wilkinson, Covid-19 Incident Commander and Chief Nursing Officer, contact Therese Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (209) 347-6018