COVID-19 hits CRH staff, doctor

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Columbus Regional Health is reporting that three staff members and a doctor have tested positive for COVID-19.

Kelsey DeClue, spokeswoman for the hospital, says health care workers who are symptomatic are automatically tested for the disease.

The four are all showing minor to moderate symptoms of the illness. They are not allowed to return to work until they have fully recovered, and are using personal time or sick time while they are isolated.

She says that anyone who may have worked with or come into direct contact with the employees or physician in the 14 days prior to their last day of work has been notified.

DeClue said it is not possible to determine how the four contracted the disease, but officials have ruled out one possibility. She says the workers were wearing the required protective gear while interacting with any patients testing positive for COVID-19, so that has been ruled out.