The state Health Department sent out updated guidance on COVID-19 for health care professionals.
Here are some of the highlights.
Here at our hospital as well as on the ambulance, I get my temperature taken on entry. At the hospital they had some new camera like device this morning that is supposed to be more accurate. It clocked me at 94 degrees. There is also a new sign on the elevator. Instead of limiting each ride to three people, it is now done to two. Our cafeteria has started selling toilet paper, milk and bread to employees.
As far as my own PPE, I have made some changes to better protect myself. When treating a known COVID patient or taking care of a patient who I suspect may have COVID, I now wear a second gown on my 6’8″ frame as an apron to provide protection from the waist down so for when I am in the back of the ambulance, the patient’s arms are not on my pants when I am doing an IV or administering medication. I still have gaps at the wrists between the too short gown sleeves and my gloves — a gap I plan in the future to fix with tape.
Meanwhile the latest Washington University model shows an uptick in projected deaths for Connecticut up to 2,884 by August 4 where their previous model predicted 2,732. The model assumes Connecticut maintains its current social distancing practices through June. It does not take into account a second wave.
Hospitalizations ticked up again.
And I had my busiest day ever at the hospital notifying EMS of patients they had transported who tested positive for COVID here.