MUSC statement regarding DHEC announcement of presumed positive COVID-19 test result in Charleston County
CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 6, 2020) - MUSC received confirmation from DHEC of a presumed positive COVID19 test for one of our team members the evening of March 6.
This individual self-identified to DHEC upon learning that community transmission had occurred in an area recently visited during a trip to Europe; she had not returned to work and still has not at this time.
Our team member practiced excellent public health and social responsibility by pursuing testing, taking appropriate hygienic precautions and self-quarantining at home. The patient had mild illness and has been asymptomatic for the past three days and is committed to remaining in self-quarantine for the remainder of the CDC-recommended 14-day timeframe.
We support our team member's rights to privacy and protection of health information and will not confirm or deny name, role or any other identifying information. We want to emphasize the informed and calm response this team member took and we want to publicly commend her for doing so.
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