Citizens Memorial Hospital Announces Nurse Tests Positive for COVID-19

Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar announced late Saturday night one of their medical/surgical nurses had tested positive for COVID-19.

The nurse is believed to have caught the virus while traveling. They participated in work in the unit in June 17, and a CPR class June 18, before showing symptoms of the virus.

“CMH continues to practice universal masking, diligent hand hygiene and social distancing for all employees and has taken steps to prepare for this type of situation,” Joy Smith, R.N., CMH infection prevention coordinator, said in a statement. “The nurse recognized and immediately reported the symptoms at the time of onset and followed our policy to ensure co-workers and patients were not put at risk.”

The Polk County Health Department is working with CMH to talk to coworkers, patients, or others who have been in close contact with the nurse. CMH will be monitoring employees for symptoms.

“We are working to ensure the safety of our patients and employees during these challenging times,” Gary Fulbright, CEO/executive director of CMH and CMH Foundation, said in a statement. “As COVID-19 cases rise in the area it is not entirely unexpected that we would have cases confirmed in our caregivers. We are prepared and have protocols in place to protect our employees, patients, residents and the community.”

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