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2 staff members, veteran test positive for coronavirus at Lovell Federal Health Care Center

File Photo (Lovell Federal Health Care Center) | Photo by Veterans Health Administration.

Two staff members and a veteran have tested positive for coronavirus at Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, officials said.

One of the staff members is an active duty member of the Navy who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and works at a Lovell clinic at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command.

The second staff member is a civilian working at the hospital who tested positive for the virus on Sunday, according to Lovell Federal Health Care Center Public Affairs.

The two staff members are currently in home isolation to prevent risk of transmission to other patients and staff.

Last week, test results showed a veteran who received treatment at Lovell’s emergency room tested positive for coronavirus, the Patch reported.

Lovell Federal Health Care Center announced on March 18 they had started pre-screening patients and staff at the hospital for symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Officials also said they had implemented visitor restrictions and postponed large group activities.

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“My priority is to ensure all of our staff and patients are protected from exposure and potential spread of this new virus,” Lovell FHCC Director Dr. Robert Buckley said.

State officials said that coronavirus cases in Illinois have increased to 1,535 with 16 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.


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