Nurses’ infection source sought

August 12, 2020

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)


The Hospital Authority today announced it is looking for the source of infection for two nurses who have preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.


Speaking at a press briefing this afternoon, the authority’s Chief Manager (Clinical Effectiveness & Technology Management) Dr Linda Yu said the nurses work at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and United Christian Hospital.


“As far as we know, none of them have contacted patients of confirmed cases or performed high-risk procedures in the hospitals. They all along wore appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).


“As we know, there is an ongoing transmission in the community so there can be a chance that they contracted the disease in the community.


“Of course, we will investigate and do the contact tracing, etc, to look for the source of their infection.”


Dr Yu added that if the authority’s staff live in the same buildings as patients of confirmed cases, they will be offered additional COVID-19 tests.


“Also if they have symptoms, even mild ones, we encourage them to seek medical advice and be tested as early as possible.


“We will remind our staff to have stringent infection control during work, and we provide enough PPE for them during their work.”

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