Regarding media reports about a 76-year-old man who died at KBC Rijeka and who had been vaccinated, was negative upon admission and was subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19, the hospital said that that was not the patient who earlier this week was diagnosed with COVID-19.
The patient from the media reports was admitted in August to the hospital’s neurology ward for the treatment of the carotid arteries. He was negative for coronavirus upon admission, having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 but a few days later he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and died on 4 September, the hospital said.
Twenty-four patients were diagnosed with COVID-19 at the KBC Rijeka hospital’s gastroenterology ward this past week and they were temporarily relocated to the ward for COVID-19 patients, the hospital said.
They are all stable and the timely application of epidemiological measures has prevented the further spreading of the virus, the hospital stressed.
All staff at the gastroenterology ward were tested for the virus, and the infection was detected in one doctor, two nurses who were not in contact with the infected patients, and one non-medical staff member.
The hospital believes that the infection was brought into the hospital system by a patient during the period of incubation.
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