AMSTERDAM – A large part of the staff at the blood collection department in the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital in Amsterdam has tested positive for corona this week. This concerns nine of the thirteen employees in total.
The hospital says that the patients who have been on the ward have not been informed about the outbreak. “During the blood collection, there is brief contact between our employees and patients,” said a spokesperson. “The risk of contamination is therefore minimal.”
The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek also announced that many preventive adjustments were made during the lockdown, including the blood collection. “Plexiglass screens have been installed in the injection booths so that there is no direct contact. Furthermore, the waiting areas have been widened, so that people can keep a distance of one and a half meters from each other. Patients therefore do not have to worry.”
As soon as someone on the staff has complaints, they must be quarantined and tested according to hospital protocol. The sick employees in the blood collection department have since been replaced by personnel from other departments.