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At Least Thirty Staff Members at the KHMH Test Positive for COVID-19

At least thirty staff of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last twenty-four hours. Chief Executive Officer of the KHMH, Chandra Nisbet-Cansino spoke to Love News about this important development and added that it is a situation that the hospital is working hard to ensure that the spread does not continue.

Chandra Nisbet Cansino, CEO, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital: “The narrative of that interview is a little bit misleading. What I said yesterday was that we had 40 members of staff who had tested some of which were positive so it’s not 40 persons that had tested positive however we do have an excess of 25 persons that are positive and so it is still a very concerning situation. We have to be monitoring on a I wouldn’t say an hourly basis but we monitor it as persons test or as persons are tested based on whatever the results are we will have to look at things perhaps maybe going on the 12 hour shifts for a short period of time that’s an option and then of course transferring other persons from other units to go and work in whichever unit may be short staffed because it’s not necessarily only the COVID unit that we’re looking at period we’re looking at the complement of medical doctors, officers, specialists etc as well.”

Nisbet-Cansino explained that the sharp increase in cases among the hospital’s staff came right around the recently-ended holiday season.

Chandra Nisbet Cansino, CEO, Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital: “For the most part it was after the New Year’s gatherings we are guessing that did started some of the positive cases. And so because of such mass community spread with this variant of course still assuming that it’s omicron that we’re dealing with and that transmissibility it’s now getting harder to trace back to where they are now the contacts, where exactly they picked it up from because with so many people being positive you have their family members, you have their coworkers and you also have patients and a few relatives that are possible carriers and so it’s getting very difficult to point to the source of where the healthcare workers contracted the virus.”