DETROIT, MI – More than 700 employees at the Henry Ford Health System, which has hospital locations throughout southeast Michigan, have tested positive for the new corona virus.
The Detroit News, Monday reported that between 600 and 700 workers have tested positive for the virus since hospitals began tracking employees with coronavirus in mid-March.
Late Monday, officials from the hospital said that 734 employees had tested positive for the virus. In all, nearly 2,500 employees have been tested, most of them declared negative.
“Our team members are our greatest asset and their health and safety are the top priority as we continue to respond to this pandemic,” Dr. Adnan Munkarah, EVP and Chief Clinical Officer with the Henry Ford Health System. “In addition to strict adherence to the use of PPE when treating COVID-19 patients, we have implemented a number of aggressive safety measures including a universal mask policy for all employees and visitors, and prioritize testing for team members who show symptoms, even though it is mild. As a caring health system most of our region’s COVID-19 patients, we know we are not immune to potential exposure and we remain grateful for the courage and dedication of our entire team. “
News out of the Henry Ford Health System came after the state reported on Monday an additional 110 people have died from coronavirus. That number is above more than 1,500 new cases of the virus.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said on Monday that the three Detroit regional health systems – Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit Medical Center and Beaumont – are “very low” on personal protective equipment.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the statement given by Henry Ford’s Health System which confirms the number of employees who tested positive for corona virus.
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