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Queen of the Valley transfers one coronavirus patient, second remains in Napa

Queen of the Valley transfers one coronavirus patient, second remains in Napa

From the Complete coronavirus coverage from the Napa Valley Register, St. Helena Star, and The Weekly Calistogan series
Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is now monitoring only one coronavirus patient. The second patient "was treated and transferred to another CDC (Centers for Disease Control) location," said a Friday message to employees. 

Both patients had arrived in Napa on Monday after being transferred from Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. One had tested positive for the disease while the other was a suspected patient. 

The hospital did not identify which of the two patients had been transferred.

Regarding the remaining patient, hospital CEO Larry Coomes said, "We continue to work closely with the CDC and Napa County Public Health to care for this patient (and) to ensure we continue to adhere to established infectious disease protocols." 

Coomes thanked the 12 nurses and staff who "who stepped up and volunteered to care for the patients." 

"We understand that there is fear in the unknown," he wrote.

"As caregivers, we don’t get to choose the types of illness that walks in the door; our job is to take care of people that need our help. We must trust that our training, skills and expertise have prepared us for scenarios like this." 

Those caregivers "showed courage as they embraced these patients with a positive attitude, empathy, and compassion," wrote Coomes.

Coomes addressed the issue of employees wearing masks at the hospital. "Unless you have not received a flu vaccination, you do not have to wear a mask," he said in the message. 

You can reach reporter Jennifer Huffman at 256-2218 or

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Jennifer Huffman is the business editor and a general assignment reporter for the Napa Valley Register. I cover a wide variety of topics for the newspaper. I've been with the Register since 2005.

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