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WellSpan Health hospital worker tests positive for COVID-19

WellSpan Health confirmed on Monday that an employee at its WellSpan York Hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee has been placed on leave and hospital leadership has notified employees who may have had contact with them, the York-based system said in a press release.

The hospital is also contacting patients who may have been in contact with the employee and recommend they be alert for any symptoms that could be related to the virus.

The announcement follows a number of efforts the system has taken to prepare for the spread of COVID-19 in the region. WellSpan recently announced that it developed a network of more than 10 outdoor testing locations, including one at WellSpan York Hospital.

The system has also said that it would be waiving all-out-of pocket costs for testing and treatment of the virus and has enacted new visitor restrictions at all eight of its hospitals.

“We are now seeing the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities,” said Dr. Roxanna L. Gapstur, president and CEO of WellSpan Health. “WellSpan stands as a prepared and trusted partner for our communities as we combat this new disease. But we cannot fight this enemy alone. We need everyone – our staff, our patients, our friends and our neighbors – to help stop the spread.”

Starting Monday, WellSpan also announced that it would be postponing no-urgent surgeries until May 1.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care, the gig economy, cannabis and technology. Email him at ipashakis@bridgetowermedia.com.

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