Health officials are tracking down patients and staff of a physician at Riverside Medical Clinic’s Day Street office who has tested positive for COVID-19. The physician, who is not being identified, is expected to recover.
“This is an unfortunate situation and we are taking all steps necessary to protect the patients and staff,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said.
Health investigators are working with Riverside Medical Clinic to determine how many patients the doctor may have seen while he was infectious and contact them to determine what are the appropriate steps to take, Kaiser said.
Staff members who had close contact with the physician have been contacted. “Many of our essential employees encounter those who are sick,” said Supervisor Jeff Hewitt. “Unfortunately, our healthcare professionals are not immune to this virus either and we must all strictly follow the guidance of staying home when we are sick.”
Riverside Medical Clinic has scheduled testing on March 28 for patients who were possibly exposed.
“Riverside Medical Clinic remains open and is committed to ensuring that you receive the highest quality of care like we have over the past 85 years,” said Judy Carpenter, president and COO for Riverside Medical Clinic. “Our patient safety remains our highest priority and we assure you that we have taken every measure to protect you and your family’s health.”