Fauquier Health has identified three hospital employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Saturday.
Two did not have contact with patients and one was not working with patients when they began experiencing symptoms, according to Sarah Cubbage, Fauquier Health spokeswoman.
"One employee is a care provider, but was not in direct patient care when they began exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The remaining two employees are not care providers and were not in direct contact with any patients," Cubbage said.
The hospital notified the Virginia Department of Health "immediately upon receiving notification that these employees received a positive test result," Cubbage said. "Fauquier Health worked closely with [VDH] to notify all staff members who came into contact with these individuals."
"With any infectious disease, staff members who are potentially exposed are notified and screened in accordance with CDC guidelines and in partnership with VDH. Based on these screenings, staff will be advised on next steps, which may include self-monitoring for symptoms, masking or self-isolating at home. If testing is indicated, it is done in accordance with VDH and CDC guidelines," Cubbage added.
The hospital is not releasing more specific information about the individuals due to privacy concerns, Cubbage said.
Operations and staffing at the hospital have not been impacted, she said.
On April 2, the hospital moved to a zero-visitor policy. All staff, patients and visitors coming into the hospital are screened and are required to be masked before entry.
"We have been using our emergency operations plan for weeks now. All protocols put into place have been followed in accordance with VDH and CDC guidelines," Cubbage said.
Cubbage expressed concern for the employees who tested positive.
"Our thoughts go out to our employees for a speedy recovery, and to their families," she said.
Like other officials, Cubbage urged that Virginians stay at home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"While our hospital feels confident and prepared to respond to this virus, our community does need to do their part to prevent community spread of COVID-19," Cubbage said. "We implore the public to follow Governor Northam’s stay-at-home order and guidance from the VDH to stay at home, limit travel unless absolutely necessary and practice social distancing at all times."