Geisinger reports first cases of coronavirus

Last updated: March 17, 2020 - 8:11pm


Geisinger confirmed Tuesday that its hospitals have had three patients with presumed positive results for the virus that causes COVID-19 , but details were scarce.

In a press release, the hospital system said that its officials would collaborate with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the ongoing care and monitoring of the patients. It did not specify which hospitals the patients had been seen at. A spokesman said the Department of Health would have to release any information about the patients' location, and a call and email there was not immediately returned.

Here is the release:

DANVILLE, Pa. – Today, Geisinger confirmed its first three patients with presumed positive results for the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness.
 
Geisinger officials will be collaborating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the ongoing care and monitoring of the patients.
 
In reference to its first confirmed cases of COVID-19, Geisinger’s president and CEO, Jaewon Ryu, M.D., issued the following statement:
 
“Guided by months of preparation and the expertise of Geisinger’s staff, proper protocols in line with infection control best practices were followed during the patients’ care. Because of Geisinger’s extensive and ongoing preparedness, all of our facilities remain safe places for our employees, patients and visitors alike. All members of our communities should feel comfortable seeking care at Geisinger hospitals and clinics.”
 
Geisinger experts continue to ask that before visiting a doctor’s office, convenient care clinic or emergency department, people should call their primary care doctor’s office or Geisinger’s 24/7 novel coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 if they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or if they have:
Cough
Fever
Shortness of breath
 
For general questions and information about COVID-19, people can visit geisinger.org/coronavirus. Using these resources before going to a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department can help lessen the possible spread of the virus.
 
The hotline is also available for clinicians to address patient care inquiries and laboratory testing questions.
 
Despite almost 100 cases of novel coronavirus cases now reported in Pennsylvania, the risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19 in the United States remains low for most healthy people. There are some populations, including the elderly and those with existing chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease, who risk the most danger if they were to contract COVID-19. Healthy adults and children under age 10 have mostly avoided impact from COVID-19.
 

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