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The Hospital Authority today said that a female nurse of Kowloon Hospital who preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19 most likely contracted the virus from the community.
At a press briefing this afternoon, the authority’s Chief Manager (Clinical Effectiveness & Technology Management) Dr Linda Yu said the nurse, who works in the extended care ward, last performed duties on August 11.
“We understand that her family member was confirmed positive on August 12, and she developed symptoms on the same day.
“So we believe that the likely source of the transmission is from the community.”
The nurse presented with a sore throat and fever and attended the Accident & Emergency Department of United Christian Hospital on August 12.
Her test result was preliminarily positive on August 13 and she was admitted to Tseung Kwan O Hospital for treatment under isolation.
The nurse wore appropriate personal protective equipment as well as performed vigilant hand hygiene at work.
She did not come into contact with any COVID-19 patients while performing duties in Kowloon Hospital and was not required to perform high-risk medical procedures for patients in the past two weeks.
The Kowloon Hospital’s infection control team immediately initiated contact tracing. Initial investigations indicated that three staff members in the ward have had meals with the nurse during breaks.
One of them has been listed as a close contact and will be quarantined. The other two staff members have been classified as other contacts and will be put under medical surveillance.
No patient has been classified as a close contact.
As a precautionary measure, COVID-19 tests were arranged for 24 patients in the ward and other staff members who have worked with the nurse in the ward.
All the test results were negative.
Dr Yu emphasised that healthcare workers are well protected from the virus.
“Because our healthcare staff have infection control training and they wear appropriate personal protective equipment, we believe that the risk of transmitting the disease to others in the hospital is low.”