MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A second St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee has been confirmed to have the novel coronavirus.
St. Jude officials say the employee works in patient care and tested positive over the weekend for COVID-19. They developed symptoms while they were away from work and hadn’t been at the hospital for 12 days as advised by St. Jude’s established procedures.
The employee is now in self-quarantine. The hospital says all close contacts of the employee are being notified.
The full statement released by St. Jude:
“The health and safety of our patients, families and employees are our highest priority. Over the weekend, a second St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital employee who works in patient care tested positive for COVID-19. It’s important to know that the employee followed our established procedures and stayed home after the first sign of symptoms, and is on self-quarantine now. The employee developed symptoms while away from work and was last at work 12 days ago. Due to privacy and confidentiality laws, we cannot share personal information about the employee. We are working in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department to make sure appropriate follow-up measures are taken. All close contacts of the employee at St. Jude are being identified and notified. We continue to be focused on ensuring the health and safety of our patients, families and employees.”
This comes after the first patient care employee tested positive last week.
According to the Shelby County Health Department, the virus is beginning to spread throughout the community, bringing the county’s total case number to 93.
Tennessee’s confirmed COVID-19 cases sit at 615 with 2 reported deaths.