A patient admitted at SKIMS for treatment of a gastroenterological ailment tested positive for COVID19 on Tuesday, forcing hospital administration to send at least 40 healthcare staff into quarantine, 12 among them doctors.
The 40-year old woman admitted in gastroenterologyward of SKIMS "for one month" tested positive for COVID19 on Tuesday. Thepatient hailing from Bijbehara Anantnag is admitted for pancreatitis at thehospital, Dr Farooq Jan, medical superintendent of SKIMS said. He said thesample had been taken as routine as the patient had to undergo a surgicalprocedure.
Dr Jan said the patient was "critical." "She has been quitesick all this while," he said.
Due to the positive case of the patient admitted in anon-COVID19 ward, healthcare staff's exposure to infection forced the hospitalto initiate containment measures. Dr Jan said about 40 people who had worked inthe ward were put under quarantine. "Half of these are under home quarantinewhile the rest are in administrative quarantine," he said. He said at least 12doctors are among the staff that has been quarantined.
This is the third tertiary care hospital that has landed ina crisis due to "normal patients" testing positive for COVID19. Last week,staff at Super Specialty Hospital was put under quarantine after at least fivestaff members tested positive. Six patients have tested positive at Bone andJoint Hospital as well.