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No Staff or Patients Test Positive Following COVID-19 Case in National Hospital

A patient at the Cardio-Vascular Centre of Iceland’s National University Hospital in Reykjavík tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday afternoon, RÚV reports. All 32 patients in the ward have since been tested as have over 100 staff members, and none have tested positive. The ward has been closed to incoming patients and all non-urgent procedures have been postponed. COVID-19 test results from the ward’s remaining staff are expected this afternoon.

The patient in question was discharged from the ward yesterday and tested positive shortly thereafter. He is believed to have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the ward from a fellow patient, a staff member, or a visitor. All other patients have, however, since tested negative for the virus as have over 100 staff members. Results from remaining staff, who number close to 200 in total, are expected this afternoon.

Over 100 individuals have been placed in quarantine due to the infection and recent visitors to the ward will also undergo testing. It is not yet clear whether the case has caused a cluster outbreak, but Már Kristjánsson, head of the hospital’s Infectious Diseases Ward, says a group outbreak like the one that occurred at Landakot last fall is unlikely, as the Cardio-Vascular centre is housed in newer facilities whether fewer patients share rooms or bathrooms. Ventilation in the ward is also better in comparison.

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