Drop in cases linked to hospital

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THE number of active COVID-19 cases linked to an outbreak at Frankston Hospital has dropped.

As of 13 September, there are six active coronavirus cases linked to Frankston Hospital. A total of 90 positive cases were linked to Peninsula Health when the virus spread at the hospital in mid-August (“COVID-19 outbreak in hospital”, The Times, 24/8/20).

In a statement released earlier this month, Peninsula Health said “we know that there is some community anxiety about coming to hospital and we want to share with you a few things to reassure you that our entire health service is safe for you to visit.”

“Our staff continue to be asymptomatically tested for COVID-19, so we can be assured that they are not carrying the virus. Our infection prevention and control measures and procedures have been assessed by external experts to ensure that our hospitals are safe. We took very strict measures following the outbreak to ensure that the virus was immediately contained. This process has now concluded.

“If you are unwell, please seek medical attention. Our sites are safe, our staff are dedicated and amazing, and we are here for our community. Our services are fully operational, our people are returning to work and Frankston Hospital is here to support our local community.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 14 September 2020

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