Where hospital employees have tested positive for coronavirus

Hospital employees are among the confirmed cases of COVID-19. Here are U.S. hospitals or other US healthcare sites where employees have tested positive during the pandemic. 

1. Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health System. System CEO Marna P. Borgstrom announced March 14 that chief nursing executive, Beth Beckman, DNSc, has tested positive for COVID-19 and has self-isolated at home. The health system also reported that its chief clinical officer, Thomas Balcezak, MD, has been exposed to COVID-19. Ms. Borgstrom said he has tested negative for COVID-19 but has also self-quarantined at home as a result of his exposure. 

2. Albany (N.Y.) Medical College reported that a staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19 due to exposure outside the facility. The individual is under self-quarantine at home. The college said it is working with local health officials to contact any colleagues who may have had close contact with the staff member.

3. Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., told staff March 15 that a physician there tested positive for COVID-19, NBC Washington reported. The hospital said the physician is self-quarantining at home and is contacting those who may have been in contact with the provider.

4. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston reported that a healthcare worker there has tested positive for COVID-19, as has a healthcare employee at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, also in Boston, the Boston Herald reported. The report says the hospitals are contacting patients and staff who may have been exposed.

5. University of California at San Francisco said two healthcare employees have tested positive for COVID-19, TV station KRON 4 reported. Both workers are self-quarantining.

6. Le Bonheur's Children Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., said an employee tested positive for COVID-19, TV station WREG reported. Hospital officials said the employee is the second confirmed case of the new coronavirus in Shelby County and was exposed from the first confirmed case.

7. Banner Health said one of its healthcare professionals who works in Colorado has tested positive for COVID-19, The Colorado Sun reported. 

8. A physician at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia tested positive for COVID-19, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. After the positive test, the hospital closed its intensive care unit to new patients and the level 1 trauma unit closed March 13, according to the newspaper, which cites a memo sent to Drexel University staff and students.The university's president, John Fry, said the physician did not contract the virus within the hospital.

9. An employee from Northern Light Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Portland Press Herald reported. The hospital said the employee works at an off-site facility, and it is contacting individuals who may have been exposed.

10. A healthcare provider at Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital tested positive for the coronavirus, The Boston Globe reported. The hospital did not identify the person or their job, but it told the newspaper the healthcare provider is in isolation at home and doing well.

11. Two employees from Jersey City, N.J.-based CarePoint Health have tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the healthcare company confirmed to The Jersey Journal. Spokesperson Eric Bloom told the newspaper the workers, from Bayonne (N.J.) Medical Center and Hoboken (N.J.) University Medical Center, "self-quarantined at home immediately upon symptom onset."

12. An employee at Opelika-based East Alabama Medical Center has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Alabama Political Reporter. A state health official told media outlets the person is self-quarantining at home.

13. Gov. Ned Lamont has confirmed an employee from Danbury (Conn.) Hospital and Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to TV station WSFB. The female employee, who lives in New York state, reportedly has self-quarantined, and other employees who came in contact with the woman were furloughed. 

This story was updated at 10:42 a.m. CST on March 17.

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