The Accident and Emergency department of the Ho Teaching Hospital has been temporarily closed down for disinfection, after a patient tested positive for coronavirus.

The patient has since been moved to an isolation and treatment centre.

Joy News checks revealed a 50-year-old patient was resuscitated upon reporting at the facility unconscious on Sunday.

This prompted officials to send her sample for a coronavirus test, which she tested positive for. This has resulted in the temporal closure of the emergency department where she was admitted. 

The Public Relations Officer of the Ho Teaching Hospital, Amos Jah, explained that patients on admission at the department have been moved, after which thorough disinfection will be done. 

He further indicated that about 30 health officials who came into contact with the patient, have been asked to self-quarantine. 

Mr Jah added that the officials would be tested for Covid-19 to establish their status. 

“The staff who attended to the patient have been asked to self-quarantine and their samples will be taken for a Covid-19 test, after 14 days we will do another test to detect whether everything is okay”, he said. 

He, however indicated the accident and emergency department would be re-opened on Tuesday evening and assured clients of their safety. 

This brings the total number of positive coronavirus cases recorded in the Ho Municipality to four.

The region has a total of 33 cases as of 12 May, 2020.