Results are in from a second round of COVID-19 testing among Trinity Health employees. Hundreds of staff members throughout Trinity Health were tested last week as part of North Dakota’s expanded testing program within communities, healthcare settings, and other venues.
Of the 875 Trinity Health employees tested, only one came back positive; the remaining 874 were negative. Vice President Randy Schwan says Trinity Health will continue to follow established guidelines to protect the community, such as the recent requirement that individuals wear a face covering or mask when they enter a Trinity Health facility.
“We are encouraged by the single positive result among so many staff tested,” Schwan said. “The measures we took, such as requiring face coverings and placing limits on visitation, are designed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. We remain committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety of our workforce and patients.”
Trinity Homes is conducting their second round of testing later this week, as part of the phased approach to resuming visitation at long term care facilities outlined in the state’s Vulnerable Population Protection (VP3) Plan.
Schwan said that with extensive testing showing very low COVID-19 infection rates and with many safety measures in place, Trinity Health providers are returning to offering medical services including surgeries, diagnostic imaging, routine screenings, and other physician appointments.