On February 26, a patient presented at Silver Lake Clinic with viral symptoms that were non-specific. The individual was immediately masked and put into a private room, and had influenza, strep and blood tests performed. Health care personnel entering the room wore appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). The patient was stable and was discharged to home. The patient had been initially evaluated in another facility and samples from that evaluation were submitted to the CDC, which led to the diagnosis.
Our focus is on protecting the health and safety of our people and ensuring patients get the best possible care. We have taken all possible precautions and safety procedures for our patients and our staff, including increased screenings in place since early January and a long-standing policy of masking any patient who presents with a cough, fever, rash or upper respiratory symptoms. Because of these standard procedures, the patient was masked throughout the visit and immediately roomed. All appropriate PPE procedures were followed by our clinical staff throughout the visit.
We are conducting outreach to our patients who were at the clinic Wednesday and monitoring clinic staff who came in contact with the patient. We’ll continue to coordinate with appropriate authorities. As with any public health issue, we encourage people to follow all guidance and protocols issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health departments.
Director, Communication, The Everett Clinic