Hartford HealthCare Extends Mask Use to Non-Clinical Workers

Daniela Doncel
April 09, 2020 - 12:29 pm
Dr. Ajay Kumar speaking at Hartford HealthCare on March 10

Daniela Doncel

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Hartford HealthCare is distributing masks to all of its staff members, including those who work in non-clinical spaces, according to Hartford HealthCare officials.

Initially, masks were given to all clinical workers at Hartford HealthCare, according to Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Ajay Kumar. Starting Thursday, masks will be given to all network staff members, regardless of whether they have patient-interaction or not.

Kumar says that includes staff members in billing offices, information technology (IT) offices and office personnel working in the supply chain effort outside the clinical area.

This is an effort to ensure the safety of all the staff members at Hartford HealthCare and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Kumar says.

As of Thursday morning, Hartford HealthCare has 310 COVID-19 positive patients across its network and 133 patients still under investigation, according to Kumar.

Kumar says Hartford HealthCare has an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). He says Hartford HealthCare is also in good standing in terms of patient capacity and will be able to manage a surge of patients.