40 Shatabdi Hospital staff quarantined after coming in contact COVID-19 positive

40 Shatabdi Hospital staff quarantined after coming in contact COVID-19 positive

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, forty hospital staffers, including doctors, nurses and non-medical personnel at the Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivali, have been quarantined at the ESIC hospital. The medical staff has been quarantined after they unknowingly came in contact with a positive patient admitted to the general ward for illness.

“One of the patients who was discharged last week was not corona-positive at the time of discharge; he returned with some other problem and was again in the general ward. He may have contracted the infection in between, so there is a chance the doctors and staffers who were in contact with him may have been infected,” said Dr Pramod Nagarkar, medical superintendent, Shatabdi Hospital.

A doctor from the hospital said that as a precautionary measure, they have quarantined the hospital staff and sent their samples to Kasturba for testing. Currently, the hospital has 90 isolation beds for COVID-19 patients.

The civic officials informed that neither the hospital nor any part of the hospital has been sealed. They added that only new admissions and OPD services have been stopped.

Meanwhile, a Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus employee was recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Mumbai. According to media reports, the bus employee is a resident of Tilak Nagar in Wadala.

The authorities have quarantined all the other employees who may have come in contact with him whereas the building of his residence has been sealed. 

In other news, the mother and her five-day-old baby who were tested positive, have now been tested negative during a recent examination. While the people are slowly recovering from the pandemic, the number of cases are piling up. So far, Mumbai has recorded 235 positive cases.