Hospital Healthcare Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A healthcare employee at Sheridan Memorial Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19,. (Courtesy photo)

A healthcare employee at Sheridan Memorial Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19, but hospital authorities say they have no way to know where the exposure happened.

In a news conference called Friday, Dr. John Addlesperger, who’s the hospital’s chief medical officer, said there’s a good chance the exposure happened outside the hospital.

He said people need to start focusing more on social distancing and self-isolation.

Dr. John Addlesperger

Memorial Hospital CEO Mike McCafferty said he was notified Friday morning that the employee had tested positive.

He said the Wyoming Department of Health and Sheridan County Public Health are working collaboratively with the hospital to communicate with those who may have come in contact with the employee and follow the appropriate protocols for isolation. The Centers for Disease Control protocols are strictly implemented to ensure employee and patient safety.

As of Friday, hospital authorities were exploring who the employee may have been in contact with, among both staff and patients

Hospital authorities have reassured the community that seeking medical attention at Sheridan Memorial Hospital is safe. Screening stations are in place at all open entrances, and all CDC protocols are strictly enforced for the safety of patients and staff.



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