August 17, 2022

80% of HCWs at California hospital exposed to COVID-19, showing symptoms test positive

Editor's Note

Some 80% of healthcare workers (HCWs) at Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma, California, exposed to COVID-19  or showing symptoms, tested positive the last 2 weeks of  July, the August 15 Sonoma Index-Tribune reports. A total of 97% of HCWs are fully vaccinated, and the remaining 3% have valid exemptions.

The hospital followed protocols in sending HCWs who tested positive home for 10 days and continued to provide all services without disruption, according to the report.

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