Hundreds of staff in the Detroit regional hospital system have tested positive for the corona virus, the hospital’s chief clinical officer said late Monday.
Non-profit news site BridgeMI.com reports that Dr. Adnan Munkarah from the Henry Ford Hospital Campus confirmed 731 cases of the corona virus among employees at the hospital, which is 2 percent of the 31,600 hospital system employees.
A total of 1,500 in another hospital system in the state have reported symptoms similar to coronavirus, although these figures are not confirmed cases.
“If we want to test the entire population, you will see a large number of people who test positive,” Munkarah told reporters via a press call the previous day, according to BridgeMI.com. “Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is.”
“Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety are the top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic,” Munkarah said in a separate statement late Monday which confirmed the total number of positive test results.
“We know we are not immune to potential exposures and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team,” he added.
Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, has seen a surge in corona virus cases in recent days while the country itself has seen more than 17,000 cases of the virus – the third largest number in any state in the US. More than 5,000 cases were reported in Detroit, where hundreds of people died.
The hospital’s chief operating system officer added in a statement to BridgeMI.com that staff worked “24/7” to obtain more personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses and doctors including masks, which were reported by hospitals across the country having difficulty getting.
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