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First employee at Holy Cross Medical Center tests positive for coronavirus

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A woman who works at Holy Cross Medical Center in Taos has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first case of the virus in a staff member at the local critical access hospital.

Bill Patten, chief executive officer at Holy Cross, reported the positive result in an email sent to members of the media on Monday (June 29).

"The female employee had minor complaints (described as a sinus headache) but was tested largely due to a planned family visit," Patten wrote. "The employee is on administrative leave and is in self quarantine."

Patten did not say which department the employee had worked in at the hospital, but said she "reports that they always properly used PPE and they have no idea where they might have been exposed to the virus."

Other staff who worked with the woman have also been tested as a precaution, but all results came back negative.

Due to patient privacy laws, Patten said the identity of the woman who tested positive would not be made public.

The new positive, along with a second positive reported over the weekend – a man in his 30s who was swab tested at Holy Cross on June 26 – brings Taos County's total cases of the virus to 40 to date. The New Mexico Department of Health reports that a 5,179 tests have been conducted in the county.

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