BOSTON (AP) — A major hospital is reporting a cluster of COVID-19 cases that has affected five patients and five staffers.
The cases are connected to two inpatient units, Brigham and Women's Hospital said in a statement posted on its website.
The hospital's Infection Control team is investigating the source of the cluster through contact tracing, testing and staff interviews, according to the statement.
It is also reaching out to staff and patients who may have been exposed, including patients who have been discharged, to arrange for testing. No additional cases have been detected.
The affected areas have also been thoroughly cleaned.
“We have rigorous protocols in place to create and maintain a safe care environment by testing all patients admitted to the hospital, requiring staff to attest to their health daily before working, requiring all staff, patients and visitors to wear hospital-issued masks while on campus, insisting on frequent hand hygiene, frequently cleaning the environment, and enforcing appropriate physical distancing," the statement said.