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Flagler Hospital Staff Self Quarantined After Treating Man With Coronavirus


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UPDATE: The source sited below originally reported "A spokeswoman for Flagler Health+ told News4Jax on Thursday that some of the approximately 50 employees believed to have been in contact with the positive patient are being self-quarantined until they can be tested." - This appears to have been updated to currently read that only TWO of the 50 employees were self quarantined.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – After treating a 63-year-old New York man who tested positive for coronavirus, a St. Augustine hospital is testing everyone who came in close contact with the patient.

A spokeswoman for Flagler Health+ told News4Jax on Thursday that some of the approximately 50 employees believed to have been in contact with the positive patient are being self-quarantined until they can be tested.

“We’ve had about 50 employees who came into contact with this individual, and we have certainly screened them out for any symptoms. We want to make sure that they don’t place the facility at risk, so we have carefully screened them to make sure that they don’t have any symptoms. If they do have any symptoms, they would not be allowed to return to work,” said Dr. Vivek Manikal, an infectious disease physician at Flagler Health+. “Two of them have elected voluntarily to self-quarantine.”

The New York man was among the new positive cases of the coronavirus in Florida announced by the Department of Health in the last 24 hours. Officials said he visited Daytona Bike Week and is now in St. Johns County.

The hospital said he is “appropriately isolated and in good condition.”

Flagler Health+ said it has been preparing for COVID-19 for weeks and is confident its ability to handle the outbreak.

UPDATE FROM AFFECTED FLAGLER STAFF MEMBER: "They made a bunch of us come on today to test us, myself included. And we have to monitor our symptoms. We are still going to work. Just have to wear a mask until we get the results back"

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