NUMC, Northwell Health detail protocols if staff become infected with coronavirus

With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York rising above 400 Friday, what is the protocol for hospital staff members if they become exposed?

News 12 Staff

Mar 14, 2020, 12:27 AM

Updated 1,593 days ago

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With the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York rising above 400 Friday, what is the protocol for hospital staff members if they become exposed?
As doctors and nurses will be treating more and more coronavirus patients each day, Nassau University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anthony Boutin says the hospital does have a plan in place should staff become exposed.
Boutin says during a 14-day quarantine, doctors and nurses would monitor themselves to see if they start to show any symptoms of the coronavirus.
The same goes for Northwell Health, according to Deputy Chief HR Officer Maxine Carrington. She says any exposed doctors or nurses will quarantine themselves.
There is a website and hotline for employees who think they may have been exposed to the coronavirus where they can get more information.
"Do we need to potentially isolate the team member, do we need to set up housing to isolate the team member, we're thinking about all of these factors," says Carrington.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Department of Health will now accelerate recertifications for former doctors and nurses who will need to be called back into action.
"There are enough doctors, but we don't know what's going to happen in the next couple of weeks, next couple of months," says Boutin. "So yes, contingency plans, people who recently retired, they are itching to get back to work, yes we could actually use them."
Staff at NUMC say the 18th floor of the hospital has been designated for coronavirus patients only.
 


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