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Northern Light Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19

Date: 03/15/2020

A Northern Light Mercy employee has tested positive for COVID-19 virus.  The affected employee works at an off-campus location and individuals who may have been exposed are being contacted.
As we all move about our communities and engage with one another, the likelihood of exposure to someone who is infected increases. In fact, community transmission of COVID-19 has and will continue to occur. If you believe you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 infection, please contact your primary care provider to determine if testing or medical support are needed.
This does offer the opportunity to re-emphasize the following recommendations:
  • If you are sick and need care, call your primary care provider.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 40 seconds or use hand sanitizer on hands that are visibly clean.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Make a plan to stay home for a period of time; have enough food and extra medicine on hand for an extended period of time.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular using regular household cleaners.
Most people who get this infection recover at home and don’t require medical help. Staying informed and following the advice above will go a long way to reducing the amount of infection in our community and will help protect those who are vulnerable to experiencing a more severe form of the disease.