USC-VHH Reports First Positive Case of COVID-19

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital has confirmed that it has admitted its first patient who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

“From the moment the patient came to the hospital, our staff followed protocol to ensure their safety and the safety of their colleagues and other patients,” said CEO Keith Hobbs in a memo to hospital staff. “The patient is currently doing well, and we are working closely with local health authorities in regard to the patient’s continued isolation and next steps. I want to emphasize that we remain wholly committed to maintaining patient privacy.”

Hobbs said the patient is a member of the community.

He added that though this is the first patient admitted to USC-VHH with a confirmed diagnosis for COVID-19, it may not be the last.

“These are unprecedented times for our hospital, and I am proud of how each [staff member] has risen to the occasion,” he wrote. “Your dedication to our patients and community is now more important than ever, and I want
to thank you for all your work on the front lines of this pandemic. Together we will manage the challenges ahead.”

He urged “continued safety and support of each other.”