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At Baystate, 16 employees, 4 patients diagnosed with COVID-19

Staff Writer
Published: 11/18/2020 3:25:48 PM
Modified: 11/18/2020 3:25:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD — A COVID-19 outbreak at Baystate Medical Center has infected 16 employees and four patients, the hospital announced Tuesday.

Baystate’s infection control team is “conducting contact tracing and testing for employees from the unit in question,” Baystate Health President and CEO Mark A. Keroack said in a statement, “and we also are reaching out to all patients who received care on the unit between Nov. 6-16 to provide testing.”

The hospital is also working with the state Department of Public Health and local boards of health, he said. Keroack did not specify which unit the infections occurred in, and described the outbreak as a “cohort of COVID-19 infections.”

The Baystate Health system is currently treating 87 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, 10 of whom are in critical care units. Seventy-eight of the COVID-19 patients are at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

“The prevalence of (the) virus in our communities is high, and we continue to be on our guard to prevent transmission in our clinical environments and recognize the importance of continued vigilance and commitment to each other’s health and safety,” Keroack wrote.

The hospital previously reported an outbreak that infected 23 employees and 13 patients in July.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.

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