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PGI keeping close watch on increase in COVID cases among HCWs
Chandigarh, January 8, 2022:
A total of 352 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) have tested positive since 20th December, 2021 in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Of these, 157 are doctors – Junior Residents, Senior Residents & Faculty Members.
The increase in cases amongst HCWs is commensurate with increase in cases amongst the population at large. More than 95% of HCWs who tested positive had received both doses of COVID vaccine. It is reassuring to note that almost all of these infections have been mild. HCWs who are staying in hostels on the institute campus and who do not have provision for home isolation have been isolated in Nehru Hospital Extension Ward.
At present it is difficult to be sure whether these cases are of ‘Omicron’ or not. The administration is keeping a close watch on the situation and is taking all steps to control the situation. All Departments have been advised to strictly follow COVID appropriate behaviors and all staff have been instructed to wear appropriate masks at all times. The administration, in association with the Association of Resident Doctors, has decided to convert all messing facilities in PGI hostels, into ‘take away’ eateries. All sport events/tournaments are canceled and indoor courts have been closed. Teaching activities in the institute are being conducted through online mode.