More than 700 Employees at the Detroit Hospital Positive Test for Coronavirus | Instant News


IMPORTANT POINT

  • Officials did not disclose the number of employees who died due to COVID-19 complications
  • They did not reveal more information about the employees who tested positive
  • A nurse at a hospital facility was reported to have died this week due to COVID-19

More than 700 employees in the Detroit Hospital system have tested positive for the corona virus, the hospital’s chief clinical officer said late Monday.

A total of 2,500 Henry Ford Hospital employees have undergone tests so far and 734 reports have returned positive, representing more than 2% of the total 31,600 employees at the hospital. Adnan Munkarah, chief clinical officer at the hospital, said in a statement that further testing would likely diagnose more positive cases among employees.

“If we want to test the entire population, you will see a large number of people who test positive,” Munkarah told a news conference, according to the non-profit news site BridgeMI.com. “Testing positive is just a measure of how contagious this virus is.”

Official Henry Ford refused to provide the number of employees who died due to COVID-19, citing employee privacy. Previous publication reported that Lisa Ewald, a nurse at a hospital facility, died of an illness the same week.

The hospital refuses to disclose additional details about employees who tested positive, such as their appointment, how many of them are still working, and how many are quarantined.

“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. “We know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team.”

Henry Ford experienced a large number of COVID-19 admissions, as did several other hospital facilities in the area, when the Detroit metro became a viral center, representing 80% of Michigan cases. A total of 5,023 Detroit residents were tested positive for the corona virus on Monday, with 193 deaths. 17,221 Michigan residents were totally infected with the corona virus on Monday and 727 have died, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

US hospitals and other health facilities desperately need personal protective equipment such as masks as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic Photo: AFP / Bryan R. Smith

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