Coronavirus update: 4 Beaufort Memorial Hospital employees in self-isolation

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Four Beaufort Memorial Hospital employees are in self-isolation following contact with two people under investigation for possible exposure to the coronavirus, according to a media advisory issued by the hospital on Thursday, March 12.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is testing those under investigation for the virus, or COVID-19.  

The four employees will remain isolated until tests results are reported. Appropriate actions and guidelines will be followed based on those results, according to the advisory.

“Our four employees are considered low-risk for COVID-19; however, testing for COVID-19 will be conducted by an authorized lab as a precaution,” said Beaufort Memorial Hospital President and CEO Russell Baxley.

To ensure the safety of all patients and staff, the hospital is continuing to follow patient-handling and infection-prevention guidelines recommended by DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the advisory stated.