COVID-19 Strikes Ewing Wing
The first cases of COVID-19 patients in the John C. Fremont Hospital Ewing Wing were confirmed Friday, May 6, with five residents testing positive. Over the weekend an additional five residents were confirmed positive for a current total of 10. All residents were vaccinated and boosted. Five staff members have also tested positive and are at home in isolation.
For residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 the hospital has rooms designated as isolation units with their own dedicated staff. Nursing home residents who exhibit symptoms of the virus, along with any roommates they might have, will also be transferred to these isolation units.
Families of the residents were contacted and notified immediately last Friday and over the weekend.
All visitors, non-essential health care personnel and vendors are restricted from entering the facility except for visitors for end-of-life care, who must wear masks and other personal protective equipment. Group activities and communal dining for residents inside the facility have also stopped.
“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of our residents, nursing staff and other care providers. Our staff is trained in proper use of PPEs and are following all relevant guidelines in infection control. Our patients are receiving the best care from our staff,” said Matthiessen.
Our Infection Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Managers are conducting contact tracing to ensure identified staff members have been placed into quarantine and that we have implemented the appropriate cleaning protocols.
To reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, we continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and California Department of Public Health (CDPH), according to a JCF spokesperson.
The John C. Fremont Healthcare District Crisis Command Center has been deployed since March 4, 2020, and are trained and prepared for this COVID-19 outbreak.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, fever or chills, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, malaise, fatigue, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache or diarrhea, can contact the JCF clinic at 209-966-3631 or if someone has an urgent medical need, call the emergency room at 209-966-3631 to advise staff of arrival and symptoms.
John C. Fremont Hospital would like to remind everyone to wear a mask when attending the hospital or clinics, wash your hands regularly, and stay at home if you are sick. As cases are increasing in the county and our surrounding counties, it is advisable for the community to have PCR testing, especially with allergy season here.