COVID-19: NEIGRIHMS staff nurse tests positive; Infection source unknown

SHILLONG, Jul 13: Meghalaya on Monday recorded, 18 new COVID-19 cases bringing the tally of active ones to 277.

State Health and Family Welfare Minister, A. L. Hek informed that out of the 277 new cases, 242 are from East Khasi Hills which include 182 BSF personnel, IAF 2, and civilians 52, Ri-Bhoi 20, East Jaintia Hills 2, West Garo Hills 9, South Garo Hills 2, East Garo Hills 1 and North Garo Hills 1 and so far 46 has recovered.

The Medical Superintendent of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Dr. Topno informed that in the Institute there are 13 COVID-19 patients, which include one nurse who was on duty in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery ICU ward.

“This nurse did not work in the COVID area,” the NEIGRIHMS Medical Superintendent said.

He said that the nurse who stays in Demseiñiong locality most probably could have picked up the virus from outside.

Giving a break up of the cases in NEIGRIHMS, Dr. Topno said, two cases are of patients who came from outside the state, one from Kolkata and one from North Tripura.

“They had come for different ailments and were detected for the virus,” he said.

The Medical Superintendent informed that six others were from the patient from the BSF who contracted the virus on July 9, while five other cases including the nurse were detected during screening.