Spectrum Health employee tests positive for coronavirus

Spectrum Health
Posted at 4:27 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 16:28:32-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An employee at the largest health care system in West Michigan has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Spectrum Health confirmed the information in a statement to FOX 17 this afternoon.

The person is "not in a direct patient care role, nor did the exposure occur as a result of patient contact," Spectrum said.

Spectrum's findings suggest the employee was "exposed in the community."

"It signals the need for additional diligence in practicing social distancing," Spectrum said.

Spectrum Health has initiated screening of "all team members coming to work in a care setting."

"This measure is one of the many things Spectrum Health is doing to help keep patients, team members and our community safe and healthy," Spectrum said.

Spectrum also said the health and safety of its patients, team members and community "are of highest priority -- during this public health incident and always."