Several Christus Spohn Hospital nurses confirmed positive

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:09:14-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Several CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital nurses have tested positive for COVID-19, said Nueces Co.-Corpus Christi Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez on Thursday.

Rodriguez confirmed the diagnoses, but was unable to pinpoint how many cases, citing the volume of new cases. Reports suggest the number is around 15.

When asked about the cases Wednesday, CHRISTUS Spohn Health officials declined to comment.

"CHRISTUS Spohn Health System strives to protect the privacy of our patients and associates alike," the statement begins. "As a result, we do not answer specific questions regarding the health status of our patients or associates."

CHRISTUS Spohn spokesman Kevin Dolliole did, however, outline screening procedures for employees entering the building. He said a confidential questionnaire is administered, and access is allowed based on the employee's answer.

He also said that in the case an employee tests positive for the novel coronavirus, that information is given to the city-county health department and contact tracing is implemented. If a visitor has been exposed, Dolliole said the hospital contacts them and offers advice for quarantine and symptom monitoring.