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