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Four employees test positive for COVID-19 at Roseburg VA

Officials were unable to confirm how or when the employees contracted the virus, but they told KEZI 9 News that they believe it didn’t come from inside the building.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 7:12 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Four employees at the Roseburg VA have tested positive for coronavirus.

Officials were unable to confirm how or when the employees contracted the virus, but they told KEZI 9 News that they believe it didn’t come from inside the building.

They said one employee was on leave and another one was out of town before they learned they tested positive.

Officials also said two of the employees may have contracted it from another employee, but they’re still unsure.

Shawn Tyson, the executive assistant to the associate director of the Roseburg VA said there isn’t as risk of outbreak at the hospital.

“I will say that, like I said, the chances of them all being in contact with each other is very slim,” Tyson.

Tyson said they’re leaning on their existing precautions to keep everyone safe.

The VA built screening booths at the hospital entrance to take everyone’s temperature.

Tyson said they stocked up on personal protective equipment before the pandemic broke, so he said they have enough for employees to wear at all times.

He also said after learning that each of the employees had tested positive, they tested everyone who had contact wtih them.

“We have 1,243 employees,” said Tyson. “Four employees is 0.3 percent of our employee population. I think we’re doing a very good job.”

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