[MCOH-EH] Infection Prevention role in determining work relatedness of COVID 19 infections in HCPs

Philip Adamo philipad1 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 08:38:00 PDT 2020

Hi Ed
A Covid positive employee is considered community acquired unless proven there was an exposure. We can match the patient’s viral genetics to the employees. Infection prevention, safety, Occ med and our epidemiologists all work together. It is a great team. We also have strong collaborative relation with our total rewards benefits team. Occ Med is part of HR.

Be well
Philip Adamo MD MPH

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Sorry for typos

> On Jul 25, 2020, at 11:28 AM, Galaid Edward I <Edward.Galaid at rsfh.com> wrote:
> Hello, from Charleston.  COVID-wise, we’ve been hit pretty hard here in SC, after a “dress rehearsal” in the Spring. 
> We are averaging about 60 reported confirmed cases/week among all employees of our 5900 member workforce.  Epi curve pretty much mirroring the community.
> Regarding COVID infection….how are you determining work-relatedness.  Is it community acquired unless proven otherwise?  If there is concern about workplace transmission voiced by the employee who’s been infected, how do you use that info in terms of recordability, wage replacement, medical care…and prevention strategies.   Do your infection preventionists get involved in assessing the exposures?  Is it Safety?  Occ Med?  None of above?
> Thanks for taking the time to share.
> Ed Galaid
> Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM
> Medical Director, Occupational Medicine
> Roper Saint Francis Healthcare
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