By Debra Moore
Yesterday Plumas News heard that a medical provider at Plumas District Hospital had tested positive for coronavirus and contacted CEO JoDee Read for confirmation. Due to patient privacy laws, Read said no specific information could be shared, but that the hospital would be issuing a statement.
Last evening such a statement was issued indicating that two members of the Plumas District Hospital Rural Health Clinic tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov. 17 — a medical provider and a staff member.
It went on to say that both individuals were quarantining in their homes and that immediate close contacts with potential for exposure have been identified to undergo testing.
“Statewide 4.7 percent of COVID-19 Cases are in healthcare workers,” said Chief of Staff Ben Hunt MD in the statement. “Healthcare workers are at higher risk for contracting the disease because of occupational exposure, but we take our role in caring for the community very seriously and will continue to be there for our patients.”
Those who fear they may have been exposed and want to be tested, can contact the call center at 283- 5640.
There have been past confirmed coronavirus cases at Plumas District Hospital, but those have involved traveling providers. When asked how these two new cases would impact clinic operation — given that in other scenarios those with contact to an infected individual are required to quarantine — Read said that personnel would be adjusted to maintain operations. “We’re going to take every precaution,” Read said.
This isn’t the only medical clinic to be impacted by the rise of cases in the Quincy area. A message on the local optometrist office indicates that there had been an exposure to coronavirus, therefore the office would remain closed until Nov. 30.