Two members of staff at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals’ COVID-19 Centre have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus which causes the respiratory illness, COVID-19.

In a public notice on Saturday, the hospital said the two staff members were among 26 health workers who had just completed one of their shifts at the centre.

The two have since been transferred to a designated isolation facility where they are getting appropriate care.

Parirenyatwa Hospital issued the following notice:

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would like to inform the public that 2 out of the 26 staff members who had just completed one of their shifts in our COVID-19 Centre tested positive for SARS-Cov-2.

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has three teams working in the COVID-19 Centre and this has occurred in one of the teams.

The team had just completed their second weekly shift and underwent the routine testing on the 8th day after their shift while in mandatory quarantine.

Those who tested positive were immediately transferred to a designated isolation facility where they are getting appropriate care. The rest of the team members remain in quarantine awaiting further testing on the 14th day. The hospitals’ Psychosocial Support team is working closely with the team.

All staff members working in the COVID-19 Centre went through rigorous training on donning, doffing, appropriate Infection Prevention and Control Protocols and they are putting on the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment according to WHO Standards. Investigations are underway to identify the source of the infection.

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals follows WHO and National Guidelines on contact tracing, follow-up, treatment and isolation measures.

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