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Health care provider at Northwest Hospital, patient at Sinai test positive for coronavirus, Lifebridge Health says

A health care provider at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown and a patient at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore have both tested positive for the new coronavirus, LifeBridge Health said in a statement Wednesday.

The provider informed their staff and went into a home quarantine, and the hospitals’ parent company said it has “identified individuals who may have come into contact with this provider, including patients and employees."

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“We are following our internal protocols, including state and federal guidelines, to determine the next appropriate steps,” LifeBridge said in the statement.

The patient who tested positive for COVID-19 is “doing well and we expect them to be discharged from the hospital soon,” LifeBridge said.

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“Our staff has been following protocols and appropriate precautions in caring for this person," the statement said.

The disease has infected more than 200,000 people and killed more than 8,000 globally, and about 83,000 have recovered.

The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Maryland jumped more than 50% on Tuesday as officials expanded testing. The state has closed schools for two weeks and reduced transit service, among other measures, and Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered bars, restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to close and asked residents to practice social distancing.

Baltimore Sun reporter Hallie Miller contributed to this article.


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