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Hospital leaders believe there is minimal risk to patients due to policies and procedures already in place

According to a recent Crook County Health Department report, four St. Charles Prineville caregivers have tested positive for COVID-19.

"At this time, we believe there is minimal risk to our patients due to policies and procedures already in place, including door screening, plexiglass dividers and use of masks and other kinds of personal protective equipment," said Iman Simmons, St. Charles chief operating office and one of two incident commanders of the health system's COVID-19 response. "Our hospital is a safe place and we don't want anyone to delay their care."

The health department pointed out that St. Charles Prineville is not alone, and that the community has seen an increase in the number of cases reported in other workplace environments.

"Whether it is from someone commuting from another county to work here or if it is brought into the workplace through community spread, we must continue to practice safety in all areas of our life," the report stated.

Health officials stressed that the next few months will be difficult and said it will take a lot of work to continue to follow the guidance for keeping each other and the community safe.

"It is understood that everyone is ready to get back to daily lives, but this may not happen for quite some time as cases continue to increase in Crook County and across the state," the health department report stated. "To keep yourself, your loved ones and your workplace safe, it is important to limit close contact with people who are not from your immediate household."


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