BELOIT HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES FIRST POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE
BELOIT, WI. (March 20, 2020) – A patient, tested by Beloit Health System, was positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient was tested in the Health System’s freestanding Testing Center designed to limit exposure to staff and other patients. The patient is currently in isolation at home and is recovering.
“We are taking every step necessary to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of the Beloit community and our staff. We are focused on minimizing the duration of the crisis. A strong coordination remains among our local municipalities and together, we will get through this,” stated Tim McKevett, President and CEO of Beloit Health System.
The CDC defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with an infection with COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time. Based on information provided by the individual, county health officials will assess risks of exposure, and determine which if any additional measures are needed.
Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, residents of Rock County should follow recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses, including vigilant hand washing, avoiding touching your face, staying at home if you are feeling sick and covering coughs and sneezes.
It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources such as the CDC and BHS. For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the BHS website at www.beloithealthsystem.org.
As public health remains top priority, proactive steps that the health system is currently taking include:
- Prescreening protocol is in effect, please call our designated hotline at: 800-303-5770.
- No Visitors are allowed in the hospital.
About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.
If you would like more information about this release, please contact Megan Goggin, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations at Beloit Health System at 608.363.5714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org