Thursday the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a staff memo issued by the San Francisco General Hospital sought to address a concerning 50% increase of COVID-19 cases amongst hospital staff.
According to the memo sent by Dr. Susan Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer at SF General, this recent surge of cases had occurred just between June 27th and July 6th. The hospital is currently reporting 45 positive cases for staff.
The increase coincides with California’s recent deluge of cases and the hospital believes that these cases are community-related.
“This is not surprising given the increasing number of COVID-19 diagnoses happening throughout Bay Area communities in recent weeks. Based on information to date, we suspect the large majority of recent cases we are discovering at work may have been acquired in the community. While we are not surprised in the surge, we do want to ensure that everyone is taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy,” the memo stated.
San Francisco General has since converted an unused cafeteria to an additional break room for staff. The hospital is also buckling down on break room protocol only allowing two persons per table, providing more sanitization items, and prohibiting rearranging of furniture and partitions.
Even still, some staff members are still unenthusiastic to use the space. Some common areas that involve eating and showering are not exactly mask friendly and there are concerns that the hospital is not testing all staff, allowing asymptomatic carriers to slip through the cracks. Though all essential workers are eligible for free testing in the city, some have reported troubles being able to see fast test results.
Even Mayor London Breed had a COVID scare early Thursday after learning a person she had been in contact with tested positive. Though the test came back negative the entire city is on high alert as the Bay Area continues to see it’s cases climb.
Currently, with the most recent data point from July 6th, San Francisco’s COVID tracker reports 4,145 total cases and 50 total deaths.