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Coronavirus cluster at Attleboro hospital on heels of outbreak at Brigham and Women’s illustrates continuing challenges

Officials at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro say a cluster of COVID-19 cases there has expanded to at least four patients and 10 employees in the past week, while Brigham and Women’s Hospital now counts at least 52 patients and employees linked to its September outbreak, illustrating the continuing challenges of containing an aggressive virus as infections rise statewide.

On Sept. 29, Sturdy closed its Balfour surgical wing, where the cluster is believed to have originated, to new patients, and has prohibited visitors to the entire hospital until further notice. So far, all patients and employees who have tested positive are linked to the Balfour wing, said Dr. Brian Patel, the hospital’s chief of emergency services.

“We have tested several hundred employees to be on the safe side and are trying to do everything we can to contain further transmission,” Patel said. “It’s still not clear to our infection control

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14 more COVID-19 cases emerge from cluster at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Fourteen additional people have contracted the coronavirus in connection to an outbreak at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as the cluster’s total number of cases at the Boston medical facility grew to 42 Monday.

In a statement, hospital officials said 488 employees connected to the cluster had been tested and 30 tested positive, while 581 patients were tested across all inpatient areas and 12, who were previously identified as connected to the cluster, tested positive.

“All current inpatients are being tested for COVID-19, and this will be repeated every three days,” the statement says. “This is in addition to the current hospital policy which requires testing for all patients upon admission and daily screening for symptoms.”

The number of cases resulting from the outbreak has continued to tick upward since the hospital’s Infection Control Team discovered the cluster within two inpatient units at Braunwald Tower on Sept. 22.

The team believes

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