Coronavirus infections have been found in the geriatric acute ward 13 in Malmi Hospital. Nine patients have been infected. The first infections was found 3rd of January.
All 22 patients on the ward have been exposed to the infection. Employees have also been exposed. Everyone who has been exposed has been quarantined.
– The epidemiologic unit organised the testing of clients quickly and all the patients on the ward have now been tested for coronavirus. All employees will also be tested. Now we are making sure that the infections won’t spread, says the medical director of Helsinki City Hospital, Laura Pikkarainen.
As a safety measure, the ward has been isolated and the patients are treated in their own rooms. The nurses use full corona protection equipment during any treatment. New patients are not taken in to the ward at the moment.
We have contacted the relatives of the infected patients and they have been informed about the situation.
– Visits at the hospitals are currently mainly prohibited in the capital region because of the epidemic situation. This means that relatives can’t visit the ward but they can contact the patients e.g. by phone. You can also ask the nurses how your relative is, Pikkarainen says.
Malmi Hospital is one of the Helsinki City Hospital units. Malmi Hospital has five inpatient wards and in total 125 beds. On the ward in question elderly with acute illnesses are treated.Visits at Helsinki City Hospital are mainly prohibited until 31.1.2021. Read more about the visiting restrictions on the city’s website.
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