ESH COVID-19 Information

Covid-19: 07/13/22 Update

From July 1st - July 13th, one patient at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From June 1st - June 30th, one patient at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From May 1st - May 31st, 10 patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From April 20th - April 26th, four patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From March 25th - April 1st, no patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From March 14th - March 25th, no patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From February 23rd - March 13th, no patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From February 16th - 22nd, no patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID- 19.

From February 9th - 15th, five patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From February 2nd - 8th, four patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From January 26th - February 1st, one patient at Eleanor Slater Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

From January 19th - 25th, three patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

The hospital also continues to take precautions to discourage the spread of this highly communicable virus, including staff use of PPE (N95 masks, gloves, face shields), deep cleanings and more frequent cleanings of high touch areas.


January 20, 2022

From January 9th - 18th, 18 patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital continues to monitor the conditions of these patients very closely. 

The hospital also continues to take precautions to discourage the spread of this highly communicable virus, including staff use of PPE (N95 masks, gloves, face shields), deep cleanings and more frequent cleanings of high touch areas


January 12, 2022

Over the past 10 days, 47 patients at Eleanor Slater Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital continues to monitor the conditions of these patients very closely. In most cases these patients have exhibited relatively mild symptoms.

The hospital also continues to take precautions to discourage the spread of this highly communicable virus, including staff use of PPE (N95 masks, gloves, face shields), deep cleanings and more frequent cleanings of high touch areas.


January 7, 2022

Questions have been raised as to whether the small number of asymptomatic staff who worked on two separate days caused the COVID cases at the hospital. The asymptomatic covid-positive workers are not connected to the COVID outbreak. Asymptomatic staff who worked on January 1st and 3rd were only in the areas with covid-positive patients, with one exception. In the one instance, an asymptomatic staff member did work with patients who did not have COVID, however there have been no covid-positive cases reported in the area where this work took place.


Due to staffing constraints, and consistent with the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Rhode Island Department of Health, Eleanor Slater Hospital utilized two asymptomatic covid-positive staff members on Saturday, January 1st, and three on Monday, January 3rd. The decision to utilize covid-positive staff who are asymptomatic is consistent with CDC guidance that allows hospitals facing significant staffing challenges to utilize asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic workers.