Block Island Times

COVID-19 positive worker is isolated, testing of co-workers taking place

Block Island Medical Director Dr. Tom Warcup provided a detailed update on the recent Covid-positive case of an island worker, and the testing protocol on the island. 
“About 9 p.m. [Sunday, July 5] at the Medical Center, we happened to check our East Side Clinical Laboratory portal, which does our lab processing. We identified that we had a positive Covid test — a nasopharyngeal swab on our worker that we pre-tested for employment on the island. At that moment, I spoke with the manager of the facility, and then the owner. I called [First Warden] Ken Lacoste to let him know of a Covid positive case on the island from a worker. I spoke with the Department of Health… and coordinated with the owner of the facility and the D.O.H. throughout [Monday, July 6] morning for contact tracing, and it’s all going well currently.” Dr. Warcup informed the Town Council at its meeting on Monday, July 6. “[The facility] enacted their Covid action plan, [and] the particular patient is isolated now from the public and any other coworkers. [On Tuesday, July 7] at 7 a.m., we will be personally testing the remaining employees from that facility that

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