Corona outbreak among staff at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek blood collection department

A large part of the staff at the blood collection department in the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital tested positive for corona this week. This concerns nine of the thirteen employees in total.

The hospital says that patients who have been on the ward have not been informed about the corona outbreak. ‘During the blood collection, there is brief contact between our employees and patients,’ says a spokesperson. ‘The risk of contamination is therefore minimal.’

The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (AVL) also announced that many preventive adjustments were made during the lockdown, including the blood collection. ‘Plexiglass screens have been installed in the pin booths so that there is no direct contact. The waiting areas have also been widened, so that people can keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other. So patients don’t have to worry. ‘

As soon as someone from the staff has complaints, they must be quarantined and tested according to the AVL protocol. The sick employees in the blood collection department have since been replaced by personnel from other departments.

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