Puducherry, June 3 : Six healthcare workers have tested positive for CoronaVirus Disease (COVID 19) at the Jawaharlal Institute of PostGraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) over the last three days, Director of the Institute Dr Aggarwal said here on Wednesday. According to a release issued here, the first incident involves a doctor who had earlier worked in the Covid-19 block of JIPMER, and developed symptoms of sore throat and tested positive after 14 days had elapsed since this duty. Her contacts with high-risk exposure have been quarantined and have tested negative.
In another incident, a worker in the Dietetics Department of JIPMER developed mild respiratory symptoms and was initially evaluated at JIPMER. On May 31, his symptoms worsened, he approached Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Research Institute(IGMC&RI), where he was tested and found to be Covid-19 positive. His 19 high-risk contacts among healthcare workers were immediately quarantined. 104 contacts were tested and three staff have tested positive. One security officer who is in charge of security at JIPMER as well as in several other Institutions in Puducherry had developed symptoms and he tested positive.
Contact tracing has been initiated for all the contacts and testing is underway. In addition, six persons who had attended a family function held at the residence of a JIPMER staff member were found to be infected. Four of them were guests who came from Chennai and tested positive. Three persons who attended the function (two residents of JIPMER campus and one residing elsewhere in Puducherry) have also tested positive. One of the guests from Chennai, an elderly male with multiple health issues is on ventilator support. His wife is also admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is on oxygen support. The rest of the patients are admitted in JIPMER and are stable. (UNI)