CIMC worker tests COVID positive

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An employee of the Catalina Island Medical Center has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Aug. 12 email from the hospital to the community. 

“To keep the community informed and maintain the utmost transparency, CIMC wants to share that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the employee’s health and recovery. The employee who tested positive has been in self-quarantine since detecting symptoms and is being followed by our providers,” said the email.

“Healthcare workers, physicians, nurses and medical center staff are unfortunately more vulnerable and at greater risk of exposure to disease and infections, especially while caring for patients during a pandemic like COVID-19,” said the email in part. 

“With the increase in cases across Los Angeles County, CIMC recognizes that the risk for exposure for our caregivers also increases. As part of our COVID 19 response plan, CIMC has instituted protocols to manage employees that are exposed to COVID-19,” the email said.

“Patients and employees who have been in close contact with an employee of CIMC that has contracted COVID-19 will be contacted and informed,” the email said.

CIMC worker tests COVID positive