Community spread impacting workforce, including hospital staffs

Evidence that community spread is impacting hospital staff has been seen in New Hampshire. Portsmouth…

Evidence that community spread is impacting hospital staff has been seen in New Hampshire. Portsmouth Regional Hospital has seen a spike in employee COVID-19 cases between this month and last. >> Download the FREE WMUR appCEO of the hospital Dean Carucci said all but one of the positive cases were from activities outside of work, prompting a reminder to employees of diligence in all parts of our lives.As community transmission increases, staffing issues become a concern across all workplaces.“They’re not totally transitioning which is into the hospital which is a good thing,” Carucci said. “So, people are being discharged. Not having to have an in-patient admission, but those are on the rise as well.”With only one of the cases acquired at work, 15 are now isolating plus those in quarantine because of family members with positive cases.“If we keep at this pace and you start to think about the downstream effect of that you may have a bed, your bed’s going to end up blocked because you don’t have the right patient to nurse ratio that you need,” Carucci said. “So, that’s the concern on the other side.”This is another reason to fight COVID fatigue and follow guidelines according to state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan. “We still believe the health care setting, hospitals, doctors offices can and continue to operate safely,” Chan said. “But, anybody can pick up COVID-19 in the community especially as transmission increases, so that is going to increase the risk to hospitals, provider offices, long-term care facilities.”

Evidence that community spread is impacting hospital staff has been seen in New Hampshire. Portsmouth Regional Hospital has seen a spike in employee COVID-19 cases between this month and last.

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CEO of the hospital Dean Carucci said all but one of the positive cases were from activities outside of work, prompting a reminder to employees of diligence in all parts of our lives.

As community transmission increases, staffing issues become a concern across all workplaces.

“They’re not totally transitioning which is into the hospital which is a good thing,” Carucci said. “So, people are being discharged. Not having to have an in-patient admission, but those are on the rise as well.”

With only one of the cases acquired at work, 15 are now isolating plus those in quarantine because of family members with positive cases.

“If we keep at this pace and you start to think about the downstream effect of that you may have a bed, your bed’s going to end up blocked because you don’t have the right patient to nurse ratio that you need,” Carucci said. “So, that’s the concern on the other side.”

This is another reason to fight COVID fatigue and follow guidelines according to state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan.

“We still believe the health care setting, hospitals, doctors offices can and continue to operate safely,” Chan said. “But, anybody can pick up COVID-19 in the community especially as transmission increases, so that is going to increase the risk to hospitals, provider offices, long-term care facilities.”

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