In late June, Duke Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Lenell Park Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, reopened their doors to patients and staff alike.
Both centers had been closed for several weeks following outbreaks of E. coli bacteria.
The Duke Hospital reopened on July 2 after more than a year of delays due to the coronavirus outbreak, and the Lenell Hospital reopened a few days later.
The hospital is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Raleigh.
Here’s what you need to know.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE DUKES AND LENELL HOSPITALS?
On June 29, the Duke Hospital’s infection control team issued an emergency call to all residents of the two hospitals, and told them that E. coli was circulating in the community.
But a week later, on July 1, the health department reported that the outbreak had spread to the hospital’s outpatient departments and an outpatient clinic.
On July 3, a patient in the hospital died from E.coli and another died in the clinic.
The cause of the outbreak was unclear.
A hospital employee told the Associated Press that the hospital is doing a “full and comprehensive assessment” of the situation and will be releasing information on its outbreak status as soon as it is available.
WHEN DID THE HOSPITAL RECEIVE AN EMERGENCY CALL FROM THE MEDICAL CENTER?
The Duke and the Louisville hospitals each received an emergency medical call on June 29.
According to the health officials who answered the call, it was from the hospital, which is located in the same building as the University of Louisville Health System.
The call came after the patient in one of the hospitals was reported dead, and after the outbreak spread to other nearby facilities.
Officials in both hospitals said the two patients died from the E. Coli outbreak.
The two patients were the same woman who died from an E.
Coli infection at Duke Hospital on June 28.
A few days after her death, the patient who died was tested at the hospital and determined to have an infection similar to that of the patient at Duke, the hospital said.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF COVID-19 AT THE HOMES?
Duke and Louisville are located about 10 miles (16 kilometers) apart, and many residents of both hospitals have close contact with their patients.
But some residents are being exposed to the virus at Duke.
The health department said it expects the two facilities to incur a total of $2.4 million in direct and indirect costs associated with the outbreak, including for cleaning, cleaning out the building, and maintaining and operating the two units.
The costs associated to both hospitals are expected to rise significantly.
WHAT IS THE COVENTIC VIRUS THAT IS ALREADY BEING SUSTAINED IN THE AREA OF HOSPICE AND EDUCATION?
The first case of COVID at a hospital was reported at the University Hospital of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on May 18.
But more than two weeks later, the outbreak did not affect that hospital’s patients or staff.
The outbreak did affect other hospitals, however, and some have reported infections from the same patient, including one at the Duke hospital.
But the hospital officials say they have not received any additional infections.
The outbreaks also have affected other hospital systems, including the University Health Network in Durham, North Carolinians for Healthy Communities in Chapel Hill, and North Carolina Health and Human Services in Winston-Salem.
The Health Department also has reported infections in the University Hospitals of Chicago, Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and University of California-Davis in San Francisco.
WHO HAS A COVID SURVEY ON THE HOUSES?
There are a few hospitals in North Carolina that have already reported cases of coronaviruses.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Environment said it is working with the health departments of Duke and two other Duke hospitals in order to determine the extent of the disease outbreak.
“As a precautionary measure, the Department of Public Health has ordered Duke University Health System and Louisville University Hospital to temporarily close for testing,” the department said in a news release.
“The Department of State Health Services will continue to monitor the health of our residents and visitors as well as to continue to provide additional public health resources to address this outbreak.”
The Health department also said that it is asking residents of each of the Duke, Louisville, and New York hospitals to wear masks and disinfect their surfaces and equipment as soon they see or smell E. COLI.