Employees with city of Salem, SW VA Mental Health Institute test positive for COVID-19

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7)-- An employee in the Street & General Maintenance Department for the City of Salem has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement from the city's manager Monday.

The patient is being treated at LewisGale Medical Center. "Very few" employees were affected by the potential spread of the virus, due to social distancing procedures already being followed. These employees are self-quarantined.

The Virginia Department of Health does not believe any other employees are at risk.

Also Monday, Carilion Health reported it has treated 22 patients who have tested positive since the outbreak began; two are currently hospitalized.

Any other localized numbers, according to Carilion, will be rolled up into numbers released each day by the Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,020 cases of coronavirus, and not be released independently, to prevent confusion from jurisdistion to jurisdiction.

At the same time, the Virginia Department of Health’s Mount Rogers Health District has confirmed a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Smyth County. The patient is an employee of the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute.

VDH says it has been working with the institute to ensure employees and patients who are close contacts to the patient have been notified and given guidance on isolation and quarantine.

The Virginia Department of Health is reporting 1,020 cases of coronavirus in the commonwealth as of Monday morning. That's up from 890 reported Sunday.

There are 25 recorded coronavirus-related deaths in the commonwealth as of Monday, up from 22 Sunday, and 136 people have been hospitalized. 12,038 people have been tested.

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