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Albany Med: 45 employees test positive for COVID-19; Also, 36 COVID-19 patients admitted overall

Albany Med: 45 employees test positive for COVID-19; Also, 36 COVID-19 patients admitted overall

Most of 45 employees infected so far contracted disease in community
Albany Med: 45 employees test positive for COVID-19; Also, 36 COVID-19 patients admitted overall
Incoming Albany Medical Center Dr. Dennis McKenna March 18
Photographer: John Cropley/Gazette Business Editor

ALBANY — As Albany Medical Center treats members of the community sick with COVID-19, it also is treating its own personnel.

Infected employees actually have outnumbered sick patients to date: 45 health care workers have been confirmed to have COVID-19 vs. 36 patients who have been admitted for treatment.

Of those 36 patients, 15 have been discharged, 12 are admitted in regular hospital units and nine are in intensive care units — five of those on ventilators to help them breathe.

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The chief medical officer and incoming chief executive officer of the Capital Region’s largest hospital provided the data Monday in one of their daily YouTube updates.

Two thirds of the 45 infected employees — 30 — are believed to have contracted the virus outside hospital walls, they said.

Also within the 10,000-person workforce at Albany Med, 141 health care workers are known to have been exposed to the virus but not tested positive. They continue to work, wearing masks while being closely monitored for symptoms such as fever.

Albany Med is part of a network of a dozen Capital Region hospitals sharing strategy and information during the pandemic. Among those 12 hospitals, there are 82 COVID-19 patients in total.

The Albany Med health care worker positive numbers were first reported by the Albany Times-Union. 

Albany Medical Center's update:

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