01/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2021 12:18
St. Charles Redmond reports workplace COVID-19 outbreak
BEND, Ore. - St. Charles Health System has reported an outbreak of COVID-19 cases at the St. Charles Redmond hospital campus to Deschutes County and the state of Oregon. An outbreak is defined as a cluster of cases that are related.
As of Wednesday, 31 caregivers had tested positive for COVID-19, and their cases are being investigated in collaboration with Deschutes County Health Services and the Oregon Health Authority.
'We are taking every possible measure to stop the spread of the virus, to protect our patients and our caregivers,' said Aaron Adams, chief executive officer for the Redmond hospital.
In addition to existing COVID-19 precautions, the Redmond hospital has put in place new safety measures including:
The hospital is also currently limiting visitors to the following groups only:
'We hope our community understands and will help us by following all COVID-19 restrictions, both inside and outside of our facilities,' Adams said. 'The number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to be high throughout the region and we need your help to ensure we have a healthy workforce to care for you and your loved ones.'
It continues to be critically important for individuals to wear masks as well as practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene.
About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates St. Charles Bend, Madras, Prineville and Redmond. It also owns family care clinics in Bend, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 4,500 caregivers. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with the health system to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.