32 Patients, 43 Department of Mental Health Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

Connecticut Valley Hospital
NBC Connecticut

Thirty two patients and 49 staff members of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services have tested positive for COVID-19.

State officials said 23 patients and 15 staff members at Connecticut Valley Hospital have tested positive.

Sixteen staff members and nine patients at Whiting Forensic Hospital have tested positive.

Five staff members at Connecticut Mental Health Center, three staff members of Western Connecticut Mental Health Network, three staff members at Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System and one staff member at Capitol Regional Mental Health Center have tested positive.

The department said nine patients at Connecticut Valley Hospital and six patients at Whiting Forensic Hospital have recovered from the virus.

They added that 18 staff members have provided medical documentation showing they have recovered from COVID-19, allowing them to return to work.

DMHAS operates more than 760 mental health and substance use beds and employs around 3,300 staff members.

Among the steps the department has taken are distributing personal protective equipment,  including n95 masks, surgical masks, gowns, gloves and hand sanitizer to all state-operated facilities, they said.

They said they also developed quarantine and isolation protocols for patients and staff.

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