Two dozen Environmental Services employees test positive for COVID-19 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A total of 24 employees at the Environmental Services department at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19.

Carilion says they are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health to conduct contact tracing in an effort to mitigate the further spread surrounding these employees.

A representative with the hospital released a statement to WFXR News regarding the influx of positive cases.

“Our top priority is the safety of our staff, patients and visitors. Recently, twenty-four Environmental Services employees at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital contracted COVID-19. Though it is difficult to determine where the individuals contracted the virus, this situation is a good reminder that it is critically important to take the proper precautions both inside and outside of work. Our investigation is ongoing. For your background, if an employee becomes sick on the job, they are immediately asked to self-isolate and are referred to Employee Health. If COVID-19 is suspected, they are tested and will remain isolated until test results are returned. In the meantime, we work closely with our partners at VDH to trace their contacts and isolate anyone with whom they’ve come in contact. We continue to encourage everyone to follow the three W’s: Wear a mask. Watch your distance (stay at least 6 feet away from others). Wash your hands. These simple bits of advice will help us stop the spread of the disease.”

Carilion Clinic spokesperson

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