Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital worker contracts coronavirus, prompts partial lockdown of surgical unit

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A group of patients are being quarantined for 14 days at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, after coming in contact with a hospital employee recently infected with the coronavirus.

The patients are isolated in a portion of the medical surgical unit, the site of an August outbreak of the highly contagious infectious disease.

An official with the National Union of Healthcare Workers, one of the unions representing workers at Memorial, said Thursday 19 patients are involved in the quarantine at Sonoma County’s largest hospital.

“We’re doing this out of an abundance of caution. It was a low-risk (COVID-19) exposure, but we want to make sure we stop transmission of the virus,” said Tyler Hedden, chief executive officer of the 300-bed hospital that employs about 2,000 people.

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