50 staff, 9 sufferers take a look at constructive for COVID outbreak at Pineville Hospital – WSOC TV

PINEVILLE, NC – Health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Atrium Health Pineville.

Atrium Health sent a letter to its employees on Thursday saying that some of its employees are being screened for positive COVID-19 tests.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health, 50 cases have been identified among health care workers, of which 35 have been vaccinated. So far, nine patients have tested positive.

Officials said 33 positive test samples have been sequenced so far by the State Laboratory of Public Health – all of which have been confirmed to be the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Health officials, with support from the NCDHHS and the Mecklenburg County Health Department, said they will continue to test staff, patients, and household members of those who tested positive. They are also working to understand how the disease spreads.

Channel 9 spoke to a nurse who works in the hospital. She said the outbreak came from the maternity ward.

“COVID is on the rise again, including many of the vaccinated; and hospital systems are still mandating this vaccine, so employees are quitting. If Atrium Health continues at this rate, there will eventually be a Sentinel event, ”she said.

Atrium Health wouldn’t confirm the maternity ward is zero for the outbreak, but Dr. Katie Passaretti spoke to Atrium Health employees who contracted the virus despite being vaccinated.

“We will continue to see vaccinated people with mild COVID cases,” she said. “That doesn’t mean the vaccine won’t work. The vaccine still protects individuals. “

The highly contagious Delta variant is spreading rapidly in North Carolina – especially in the unvaccinated. According to the NCDHHS, COVID-19 cases have increased more than 50% in the past seven days, hospital admissions have more than doubled in the past two weeks, and the number of people going to the emergency room with COVID-like symptoms has increased. increases.

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