Confirmed COVID-19 cases moved to isolation facility

The Skilled Nursing Facility in Barrigada (PNC file photo)

Patients temporarily in home isolation are now being transported to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), which is now equipped to isolate individuals who tested positive for the virus causing COVID-19 and whose symptoms do not require acute care.

Isolation protects the health and safety of the patient and the community by ensuring individuals carrying the virus receive the medical care they may need.

In accordance with CDC guidelines and following examples set in states such as Hawaii, Illinois, and Massachusetts, DPHSS temporarily sent nine (9) COVID-19 positive individuals with mild symptoms into home isolation and monitored them frequently.

DPHSS determined home isolation was the best intermediate option while the SNF prepared to accept these patients.

Additionally, home isolation, subject to DPHSS monitoring, frees space for acute care patients, i.e. those suffering from respiratory disorders. Home isolation also lessens the potential infection of frontline health professionals.