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Children's National Hospital physician tests positive for COVID-19

A statement from Children’s National Hospital March 16, 2020

A physician at Children’s National Hospital has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). In response, President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s National Hospital, Kurt Newman, M.D., issued the following statement:

“Children’s National's top priority is the safety of our patients, families and employees.

On Sunday, March 15, we informed our staff that one of our physicians tested positive for COVID-19. Because of privacy laws, we cannot broadly share any additional information but leaders will directly communicate with any staff or families who may have been in contact with this person. We will work with our occupational health department and our infectious disease specialists to determine the appropriate next steps. Anyone impacted will have the organization’s support.

In an unrelated development, our additional testing capabilities also allowed us to rapidly test a patient we treated in our emergency department (ED), who has also tested positive for COVID-19. The ED team followed all infection control protocols to protect our other patients, families and staff and the child did not need to be admitted.

Since this outbreak began, a team of leaders has met multiple times a day to assess and improve our readiness to care for patients with this infection while protecting our staff. We tailored our response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today we remain ready to serve the families who rely upon us."

Media Contact: Beth Riggs | 301-233-4038 | 202-476-4500

About Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National Hospital, based in Washington, D.C., celebrates 150 years of pediatric care, research and commitment to community. Volunteers opened the hospital in 1870 with 12 beds to care for Civil War orphans. Today, 150 years stronger, it is the nation’s No. 6 children’s hospital. It is ranked No. 1 for newborn care for the third straight year and ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National is transforming pediatric medicine for all children. In 2020, it will open the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus, the first in the nation dedicated to pediatric research. It has been designated twice as a Magnet® hospital, demonstrating the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C., metropolitan area, including the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs. Children’s National is home to the Children’s National Research Institute and Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and is the nation’s seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital. It is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.

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