On Friday evening, we learned from SC DHEC that one of our Extended Care residents has been diagnosed with presumptive positive COVID-19. This resident had been transferred to the hospital this week.
Our first priority is the safety of our patients, employees and visitors. Since our notification, we have been working closely with DHEC and have been given clear direction on what actions and procedures to immediately put in place to protect our Extended Care residents and staff from further exposure.
We also have procedures and processes in place on our main campus, specifically in our Emergency department and our inpatients units, to ensure these employees are not at risk of exposure.
We are assessing which Extended Care staff members were involved in the care of the resident. These employees are being contacted directly and instructed to follow the recommendations of DHEC and the CDC. We are also closely monitoring our residents at Extended Care for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
We want to assure the entire Extended Care family that they have the support of the entire Lexington Medical Center team and DHEC to help us continue to provide excellent care for our residents. We will continue to keep you informed and provide you with the most up-to-date resources.
Thank you for your cooperation, teamwork and commitment.