Tampa General Hospital reports spike in COVID-19 cases among employees

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The number of Tampa General Hospital (TGH) employees testing positive for COVID-19 has more than doubled over the weekend. On Friday, June 13, 24 employees were positive for the coronavirus.

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However, as of Tuesday evening, that number had shot up to 54.

TGH President & Chief Executive Officer, John Couris said Tampa General Hospital continues to take every precaution to keep patients, team members and the community safe during this global pandemic.

In an email to employees, Couris said masks are mandatory at ALL TGH locations, not just the main campus, but all satellite locations. He also reminds about hand hygiene and social distancing.

TGH screens all team members prior to entering the hospital including a temperature scan. In addition, team members who test positive cannot return to work until they have quarantined for 14 days from the onset of symptoms, fever and symptom-free for 7 days.

TGH notes: Our team is well trained, and we have an adequate supply of equipment including Personal Protective Equipment such as N95 masks, and our facility is well equipped to handle these patients with 81 negative pressure rooms and over 100 ventilators. We are also working closely with other Tampa Bay area hospitals to closely manage resources.

The health and wellness of our team members, physicians and patients is our top priority, and we are reminding our team members to remain vigilant in their safety measures when they are not at the hospital to help curb the community spread.

New cases of COVID-19 have increased recently in Florida and Hillsborough County.

 

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