An employee of Citizens Memorial Hospital has tested positive for COVID-19.

CMH released a statement saying that positive test was administered on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

The statement clarifies that the employee works at the hospital in Bolivar but lives in Cedar County.

To protect the privacy of the employee and their family, no other individually identifiable details have been released.

The statement goes on to say:

“The employee does not have direct contact with patients or residents, has been recovering at home and is in self-quarantine with their family. Co-workers with close contact to this individual have not shown symptoms of coronavirus, but are in self-quarantine following recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

The employee sought care at Stockton Family Medical Center March 19. The employee called ahead and the clinic took precautions to ensure that clinic staff and other patients were not exposed.

CMH is working with the Cedar County Health Department and Polk County Health Department to assure that CDC guidelines have been followed to minimize any exposure to co-workers or others.

CMH employees and medical staff are taking the necessary precautions to protect our employees, patients, residents and community members. We will continue to screen and test for coronavirus symptoms.

“We immediately implemented the procedures outlined in our emergency preparedness plan,” says Gary Fulbright, CEO/executive director of CMH and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. “Although this news may cause concern in the Bolivar and Stockton communities, please know we are prepared and will continue to work with local, state and federal agencies to protect the health of our employees and residents in the communities we serve.”

A CMH COVID-19 screening hotline and extended Virtual Visit hours will be activated Monday. More information will be available at www.citizensmemorial.com.”