27 FEB 2020

NorthBay Healthcare Statement on Coronoavirus Case

An Update for the Community

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 4 p.m.

NorthBay Healthcare hospitals and medical practices are open and operating under normal conditions.

As experienced health care providers, we are well-trained and very prepared to handle infections of all types.

Our medical centers have isolation rooms, we have protective coverings, we have rigorous hand-hygiene practices, and we rigorously clean and use high-level disinfecting equipment, including ultraviolet light disinfection systems.

We understand the community’s concern about being exposed, inside and outside of our facilities. But the risk remains extremely low. We are confident in our procedures and professional providers.

The Centers for Disease Control remain the best source for the latest and most accurate information. We encourage you to visit their website at www.cdc.gov to learn more.

Statement from Aimee Brewer President, NorthBay Healthcare Group

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11 a.m.

First and foremost, we want to assure the community and our patients that both of our hospitals are open, operating safely and delivering the same high quality of care that those who have long trusted us, expect us to provide.

Both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital are operating under normal operations and are meeting the needs of our patients. NorthBay Healthcare Statement

On Wednesday, immediately after learning that a former patient taken to UC Davis Medical Center had been tested by the CDC and found to be carrying the coronavirus, we launched a meticulous tracing of anyone in our Vacaville hospital who may have had any contact with that patient.

From patient’s arrival in the emergency department, until the transfer to UC Davis Medical Center, we promptly identified these employees. Those that met the moderate or high risk categories were asked to stay home and monitor themselves for any sign of COVID-19. Our approach is the same as we regularly manage other diseases that require airborne precautions and monitoring.

As for the patient’s care in NorthBay VacaValley Hospital, at no time did the patient fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, and therefore a test was not immediately administered.

During the course of the three-day stay, the patient’s condition worsened, prompting our physicians to seek transfer to UC Davis where a higher level of monitoring and care could be delivered. The patient was transported via ambulance.

As you will learn today we continue to work very closely with county and state public health officials, UC Davis, as well as the CDC, and thank them for their coordination and assistance.

We are very proud of our health care team who provided excellent care to this patient while in our hospital, and proud of all who responded in the last two days to manage possible employee exposures.

CONTACT: Steve Huddleston, Vice President of Public Affairs (707) 628-3617


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