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Published on March 21, 2020

Community Hospital reports Positive COVID-19 result with patient quarantining at home

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has now seen its first patient who has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient is a Monterey Peninsula resident. As of Saturday afternoon, the health department reported 11 confirmed cases among Monterey County residents.

“Our first case, of course, wasn't a surprise,” said Dr. Steven Packer, Montage Health president/CEO. “We have been anticipating the inevitable arrival of COVID-19 cases for some time. While this is our first case, it certainly won't be the last.”

The patient came to the Community Hospital Emergency Department and was seen in the adjacent triage tent. The patient was immediately isolated, and recommended for testing, following the hospital-established protocol designed to protect our patients, staff, and community. “The way our staff prepared and assessed the patient was exactly how we had planned,” Packer said. “It was the most controlled environment possible.”

The patient did not require hospitalization and was sent home with care instructions and is now in self-quarantine. Monterey County Health Department will determine whether this case was community-acquired, related to travel, or acquired from direct contact with a known case.

“We have been afforded the opportunity to carefully plan and prepare for this since February, when several COVID-19 cases were first identified in the Bay Area,” said Packer, noting that all three area hospitals have been working diligently with the Monterey County Health Department and other healthcare experts to prepare. “After several weeks of early planning, we formally activated our Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) on March 3 — almost three weeks ago — so our organization has been quite proactive with regard to this health crisis. I’m extremely proud of our staff and our unwavering commitment to doing everything possible to mitigate the spread of this virus.”

Community Hospital has sent 75 cases to the county for COVID-testing, with 59 of those coming back with negative results, 15 results are pending.

For more information about our COVID-19 response, support, visitor policies, and more, please visit www.chomp.org. Montage Health, Community Hospital’s parent company is offering free virtual care visits for those who suspect they have COVID-19 or have other respiratory symptoms. Visit evisit.montagehealth.org. Community Hospital also has a COVID-19 information line. Community members can call (831) 622-8001.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. Its parent company is Montage Health, the umbrella for entities that work together to deliver exceptional care and inspire the pursuit of optimal health. Community Hospital is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 204 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility (Westland House), Hospice of the Central Coast, Montage Wellness Centers, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula chomp.org.

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