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NCH Hospital: Patient exposes thirty five employees to Coronavirus

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 13:33:50-04

NAPLES, Fla. —
NCH has received confirmation from the Florida Department of Health that three additional patients have tested positive for COVID-19.

As of March 18, NCH has sent a total of 191 specimens for testing since the onset of the virus. Two COVID-19 patients are in isolation at NCH Baker Hospital, and one COVID-19 patient is at NCH North Naples Hospital.

One patient presented to the Emergency Department with COVID-19 symptoms and was tested and discharged home with instructions to self-isolate.

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The second patient presented to the Emergency Department with no COVID-19 symptoms.

However, after symptoms became apparent, the patient was tested and moved into isolation.

One employee was exposed to the Emergency Department.

Fox 4 has learned that a third patient presented to the Emergency Department with COVID-19 symptoms and was moved into isolation. Unfortunately, 35 employees were exposed.

The patient who exposed 35 employees did not follow isolation instructions.