City and County leaders and medical officials held a press conference via Facebook yesterday to update citizens about the COVID-19 outbreak and response. During the press conference Dr. Lonnie Albin, Cheif Medical Officer of Highlands Medical Center, confirmed that four employees of Highlands had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. HMC has issued the following statement:
“Our goal is for no one to be infected on our staff, but do anticipate those on the front lines could contract the virus in the community or from providing patient care. This risk is especially heightened during a pandemic of a new virus. While our team members are taking every precaution to protect against exposure, four of our team members have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. We are following the protocols with our staff just as with our patients, and all of these team members are quarantined and self-monitoring at home. None of them are in the hospital. We are following strict guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health for patients testing positive for the virus, and have connected with staff and any persons who came in contact with them.
We understand what it takes to care for patients with infectious diseases, and are very thankful to have caring and talented people on the front lines who are willing to be there for our patients and community. We salute these local heroes for their commitment and dedication to caring for others.”