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Five coronavirus cases confirmed at Baltimore’s Levindale hospital, official says

Fives cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.

The diagnosed cases of COVID-19 were found in both staff and patients of the long-term care and specialty hospital in Northwest Baltimore. Additional test results are pending, city health commissioner Letitia Dzirasa said Wednesday.

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LifeBridge Health, the hospital network that owns Levindale, said one patient in the specialty hospital, three patients in the sub-acute rehab unit and one staff member have tested positive for the virus. The staffer is recovering at home in quarantine.

There are no positive COVID-19 cases in residents of the long-term care facility.

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Levindale stopped allowing visitors to the facility March 10 and began screening employees and taking their temperatures as they reported to work in early March. The hospital system is working with infection prevention teams and following federal and Maryland Department of Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, spokeswoman Sharon Boston said in a statement.

“The care and safety of our patients, residents and staff is always our top priority," Boston said.

Levindale offers several types of care, including a long-term residential facility, sub-acute rehabilitation and a specialty hospital, which includes a high-intensity care unit.

Baltimore Sun reporter Talia Richman contributed to this article.

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