St. Mary’s confirms multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19

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Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 3:34 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:54 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - St. Mary’s has confirmed that multiple staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

They say that the situation was “addressed quickly” and that they are continuing to collaborate with Mesa County Public Health and adhering to all CDPHE and CDC safety guidelines.

Mesa County Public Health could not confirm how many staff members have been infected at this time. They did say that they will not classify this incident as an outbreak because they do not know the source of the initial spread.

“It could be worker to worker for all we know. It’s hard to determine that, that was based off of a single source because there can be multiple at a facility at any given time. Anyone who is infected, find out who close contacts were. We do interviews with those people. If we consider them to be high risk, then we get them isolated, we line them up for testing. We just make sure that spread doesn’t continue beyond those initial cases,” says Jeff Kuhr of MCPH.

We are working to learn more about this situation. Check back for updates.

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