Employee at Horizon Health tests positive for COVID-19

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PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — In a Facebook post from Horizon Health’s president and CEO, Ollie Smith, released a statement confirming that an employee of the hospital tested positive for COVID-19.

The statement said that the employee is recovering at home.

The Facebook post, which you can view here, claims that the virus was contracted from the community, outside of the hospital. The hospital’s immediate response was to test all exposed staff, including providers in the department. The statement said that additional precautions have been taken to mitigate further risk.

The statement from Smith assures the public that the hospital is screening employees each day before entering the facility, all employees are wearing masks in patient care areas, and suspected exposed employees have been tested through a nasal swab, among other safety measures.

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