Blount Memorial Hospital has learned that one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). The employee is a Blount County resident, and has not worked since Tuesday, March 17.
The employee reported that no symptoms occurred until March 18. At that time, the employee contacted their personal physician, was tested for COVID-19 and has been in home isolation since that time.
Based on the employee’s role in the organization, the employee was masked as part of their job, and in consultation with the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we believe that no patients were exposed.
Hospital leaders are working fully with members of the Tennessee Department of Health, and no identifying information about the employee is available, based on health privacy laws.