Sarawak’s 576th Covid-19 patient was not admitted to private medical centre

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KUCHING, July 12: Borneo Medical Centre (BMC) Kuching explained that the state’s 576th Covid-19 case and 18th fatality involving a 72-year-old local man was not admitted to the centre on July 9, 2020.

“He presented to our Emergency Department with respiratory symptoms and suspicion of Covid-19 infection. Urgent tests confirmed the possibility of Covid-19 infection and he was immediately referred to Sarawak General Hospital,” according to a statement uploaded by BMC Kuching on social media.

The medical centre explained all medical staff who attended to the patient at the Emergency Department were gowned in Standard or Enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Decontamination complying with Ministry Of Health guidelines was carried out immediately after the patient left the Emergency Department.

“All staff who had close contact with the patient have been quarantined as a precaution and will undergo Covid-19 PCR tests before returning to work,” according to the statement.

BMC Kuching also gave reassurance to the general public that the centre is well equipped to detect Covid-19 patients, inclusive of well trained staff with PPE as well as diagnostic tests with in-house PCR, Antigen and Serology tests.

The centre also extended its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased. — DayakDaily