Albany pediatrics clinic closes after staffer tests positive

Albany pediatrics clinic closes after staffer tests positive

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An Albany pediatrics clinic has closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 and several other people experienced symptoms.

Samaritan Health Services' Mid-Valley Children’s Clinic has closed to the general public and is using telemedicine tools to see some patients.

For at least the next 10 days, those needing in-person care will be seen at a nearby clinic or urgent care location, according to Samaritan spokeswoman Erin Causey.

Causey said the clinic staff member is at home and doing well.

Causey said that after experiencing symptoms of the virus, clinic staff members were tested and began self-quarantine at home. Clinic staff have contacted patients and families who visited the clinic during the time when they may have been exposed to the virus.

“We talked with families about how they are feeling now and asked them to practice self-monitoring through the 14-day period after the potential exposure,” pediatrician Edward Frothingham said in a prepared statement.

Frothingham works at the clinic and was among those contacting family members. He said that none of the individuals with whom he spoke reported feeling ill.

Frothingham said a date has not yet been set for the clinic to return to regular operation, as staff had already begun to offer virtual visits when appropriate as a way of practicing guidelines related to social distancing.

Statewide, 30 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Monday, bringing the total to 191 with five deaths.


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