ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Lisa Coulson says her niece was at CenterPointe Hospital, and was notified about one case of COVID-19 Friday at the facility before she was released.
Now just four days later, at least 27 staff members and four patients have contracted the virus.
Coulson said her 19-year-old niece is scared, especially after News 4 got word 15 staff members and three patients at CenterPointe are infected with the novel coronavirus and the hospital has no clue about the original source.
“In my opinion, when they knew about this one case on her wing on Friday, and they informed her of this, my opinion is that whole wing should've been quarantined,” Coulson said.
Coulson is glad they were notified, but can't understand how that one case jumped to 18. When they asked the hospital about it Coulson said they were told, “You don't have anything to worry about, there was one person that tested positive just keep an eye out.”
“And it's not really, ‘Don't worry about it.’ It’s something that even as a healthcare provider, they need to take seriously.”
The hospital has eliminated visitation, and is taking temperatures of staff and vendors, as well as giving PPEs to workers. For a few days, the hospital was not taking any new patients, but on Friday, announced it was accepting patients again. The hospital says it has done extensive cleaning in patient care areas.
The health department in St. Charles is looking to notify people who may have been exposed.