Patient being treated for a non-respiratory condition who had no symptoms of the coronavirus ended up testing positive for COVID-19 at Highland Hospital

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There is a cluster of coronavirus cases now at Highland Hospital.

According to the Director of Public Relations, a patient being treated for a non-respiratory condition who had no symptoms of the coronavirus ended up testing positive for COVID-19 at Highland Hospital.

A statement released on Saturday by the Director of Public Relations says "As more has been learned about the disease, we have begun screening patients more aggressively and testing many more patients on admission to capture any COVID-positive cases. Likewise, our recent move to universal masking was designed to protect all healthcare workers and patients. All of Highland’s patient care units remain fully staffed, and we are developing surge capacity plans to respond to a potential increase in patients with COVID-19.”

News10NBC reached out to the Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza for more information.

Dr. Mendoza released this statement:
"There are clusters all over the community – that’s to be expected when there is community transmission this far into an epidemic. And yes, we were aware of the situation at Highland Hospital. Clusters in health care facilities are handled primarily by the state Dept of Health, with assistance from the Local Health Department as it pertains to contact tracing that goes outside of the facility itself."