Health care workers learn how to don and doff protective gear to prepare for the Coronavirus, held at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck on 02/24/20. Video by Mitsu Yasukawa.
A woman infected with coronavirus walked into a Westchester County hospital’s emergency room over the weekend, triggering a series of measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19, a doctor said.
The woman showed up at Phelps Hospital’s ER in Sleepy Hollow on Saturday afternoon, despite health officials urging people with COVID-19 symptoms to call ahead to allow for heightened infectious-disease precautions.
She was greeted at the emergency room’s front door by a nurse assigned to screen people entering the facility, according to Dr. Barry Geller, the emergency department director.
The screening involves placing a surgical mask on each patient, and then asking them about symptoms and travel history to identify those at risk for the deadly respiratory disease, COVID-19, spreading across the U.S. and globe.
The woman was immediately identified as a potential COVID-19 case and moved into one of the ER’s negative-pressure isolation rooms, which restrict air flow to prevent contamination of other areas of the hospital, Geller said.
After conducting tests to rule out other diseases, Phelps sent a sample from the woman to its parent organization Northwell Health’s lab on Long Island, for COVID-19 testing that later returned positive.
She was in stable condition at Phelps Hospital as of Monday evening. She is in her 50s and lives in Westchester, according to Geller.
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