Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreak

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Hospital officials urge caution amid outbreakAs of Wednesday morning, the number of positive results for COVID-19 gathered at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital had leapt from 11 to 33 in the space of a week. And 468 test results, out of 1,697 samples collected, are still pending.

Officials of both Immanuel Child Development Center, where an outbreak was reported over the weekend, and of IWV Water District, whose employees had had contact with the ICDC, have reported that RRH is assisting them with organization-wide testing.

“RRH CEO Mr. Jim Suver has been very proactive and reached out to me immediately regarding any testing needs,” Hadassah Ratna Raj, director of ICDC, wrote in a letter to the families who use the daycare site.

“Mr. Suver is also ready to test our children and families if anyone would like to get the test done."

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The high volume of testing in the state have caused delays with many outside laboratories processing test results.

RRH officials urged residents to continue taking precautions that will reduce the spread of infection: wear a mask, practice social-distancing, stay home if you are sick.

Updates will be reported as they become available.

Story First Published: 2020-07-01