Panchkula civil hospital nurse who treated salon worker tests positive
The nurse was home quarantined last week but with her condition being symptomatic, her sample was taken on Sunday and reports today tested positiveUpdated: Apr 01, 2020 01:22 IST
A 36-year-old staff nurse at the Sector 6 civil hospital tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, making it Panchkula’s second case. She reportedly attended to the city’s first patient, doctors said.
“The nurse was home quarantined last week but with her condition being symptomatic, her sample was taken on Sunday and reports today tested positive. We have initiated further process to trace her contacts,” said Panchkula civil surgeon, Dr Jasjeet Kaur. She added that six of the nurse’s contacts had been isolated at the hospital, and their samples sent for testing.
Among them four are the nurse’s family members, including her in-laws and two children, while the remaining two are her landlords.
Earlier, after the first case was confirmed on March 21, the hospital administration had taken samples of six hospital staff, including nurses and Class 4 employees, which returned negative results.
The nurse in question, however, was quarantined, as she had reportedly attended to Panchkula’s first case, a 38-year-old salon worker and Kharak Mangoli village resident near Sector 2. The woman, who tested positive on March 21, had come in contact with Chandigarh’s first coronavirus patient when the latter visited her salon on returning from London. The salon worker’s husband, daughter and two sons have already tested negative, and remain in quarantine at the Nada Sahib gurdwara. The first patient is admitted at the civil hospital’s isolation ward and is reported to be stable.