Covid-19: Contact Tracing Ongoing for Ipoh Nurse Who Tested Positive

Perak Health director Dr Ding Lay Ming.

IPOH (Bernama): The Perak Health Department is tracing and conducting Covid-19 screening on all close contacts, including patients, who were treated by a nurse who tested positive for the disease at a clinic here.

State Health director Datuk Dr Ding Lay Ming said the health worker was detected positive on Saturday (Aug 7).

She said the nurse was tested after she showed symptoms of respiratory tract infection at a health clinic on Wednesday (Aug 5), before a Covid-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test was found positive the next day.

“The nurse in question has been admitted to the hospital to receive further treatment. A thorough investigation to determine the cause of the infection is still underway.

“Preliminary screenings of five family members living in the same house as the nurse were negative for Covid-19,” she said in a statement here Saturday night.

Dr Ding said the department had taken note of a social media post from a man venting his anger at the health facility for allowing the nurse to work despite having symptoms of respiratory tract infection.

The man stated that his wife and child were asked to undergo Covid-19 tests after a health worker who was on duty at the facility had tested positive.

He also claimed that the nurse in question had done a routine check-up on his son.

Dr Ding said the health worker previously had symptoms of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) and was not placed as a patient under investigation (PUI) for Covid-19.

“The nurse also has no history of visiting areas that are under the (administrative) enhanced movement control order in Kedah, as well as of coming into close contact with any positive Covid-19 cases before.

“She has also been wearing a face mask and practising regular hand hygiene activities while doing her routine job,” she added. – Bernama


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