June 19, 2020 (Ridgway, COLO) — A Mountain Medical Center non-clinical staff member, with very minimal patient contact, has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member was tested immediately upon experiencing a singular symptom as a precaution, and the entire office was tested today to rule out any contact exposure. It is believed the staff member was exposed to the virus outside of work at the clinic.
Contact tracing identifying those who may have had contact with the positive case is underway.
“We have employed temperature and symptom screening of all patients and staff for all encounters since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are continuing to do so. We are escalating to use of N95 masks at all times and for patient encounters to better seal any potential exposures at least until all testing has returned on MMC Staff. We continue to maintain that the health of our patients is our number one priority, and this is why we are notifying the public of this new development. We feel that potential risk is low, but not non-existant. We are offering Telehealth visits for those desiring to avoid any potential exposures,” said Dr. Gates, owner of Mountain Medical Center.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines high risk exposure as contact with an infected person less than six feet away, without a mask, for longer than 15 minutes.
If you visited Mountain Medical Center between June 15 and June 19 and still have concerns, please call MMC to speak with staff.
The infected staff person is doing well and is quarantined at home.
Protocol for COVID-19 positive staff includes a 14 day quarantine before returning to work. MMC will release the results of their staff testing as necessary in the interest of public health.