Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has confirmed that an employee in our Pediatrics 22nd Drive clinic has tested positive of COVID-19.
At the first sign of illness yesterday, the employee was tested for COVID-19 and proactively self-isolated. Subsequently, all clinic team members and providers have also been tested and results are negative. Upon notification, the clinic closed to patients and was immediately deep cleaned and sanitized.
Out of an abundance of caution and transparency, Yuma Regional Medical Center has called each patient who had contact with the employee over the past 10 days. Patients are being asked to closely monitor their health for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
Providers and staff actively practice strict safety measures that align with and exceed CDC guidelines. With these practices in place, exposure to patients is low. Screening is required at all locations and visitors remain limited.
“It’s an honor and privilege to care for our community and a role we take very seriously,” said Dr. Robert Trenschel, President and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center. “We understand this may cause unease for some of our patients and families. Within the past 24 hours, we’ve taken immediate action to connect with those who were potentially exposed. Yuma Regional Medical Center remains dedicated to caring for you.”
The safety of patients and staff is a continued priority and every precaution is being taken to keep them protected and virus free. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all employees and available to patients upon arrival. We would like to kindly remind the community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by staying home if you are sick, continuing to practice proper hand hygiene, social distance and wear a mask in public.
We understand that our community may be curious to know additional details. In alignment with HIPPA privacy laws and out of respect for our employee and their family, we must maintain the same level of confidentiality that we do for patients.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 please visit the CDC’s website cdc.gov/coronavirus. For Yuma County specific information visit Yuma County Health Department’s website yumacountyaz. gov.