Spike in positive COVID-19 cases continues, with cases a rising in Kamiah
LAPWAI- Nimiipuu Health (NMPH) is continuing to see a spike in positive COVID-19 cases.
Since Aug. 12, 2020 an additional nine tests returned positive. Two of those tests were from Kamiah residents. To date, a total of 838 COVID-19 tests have been conducted with 54 returning positive.
Testing will continue at NMPH. The testing policy criteria is still symptom based which means an individual requesting testing must have been exposed to a known positive individual and have symptoms of COVID-19. The CDC recommends this testing method because of the length of time it takes for COVID-19 proteins to become detectable. In addition, the clinic has a limited daily capacity on being able to run swabs through the testing machine.
Those who have been exposed to a known COVID-19 positive individual, but are not showing any symptoms should stay home and quarantine for 14 days. If at any time during quarantine someones begin to develop symptoms, they should call their medical provider.
At this point nine departments at NMPH have been directly impacted, eight of those departments had to be shut down due to insufficient staffing. This has required 26 NMPH staff to be in isolation or quarantine. Given the limited staffing and to minimize unprecedented foot traffic, NMPH has reverted back to emergency, by appointment only, services until further notice.
It is critical that everyone remain vigilant in following safety protocols at this time.
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