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DHMC employee with coronavirus broke isolation; second person infected – The Dartmouth

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by The Dartmouth Senior Staff
| 3/3/20 9:34pm

A second Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center employee tested positive for novel coronavirus after being in contact with the first DHMC employee who tested a “presumptive positive” after returning from Italy.

Source: Courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

A second Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center employee has tested positive for novel coronavirus and is isolated at home.

The man was in close contact with the first case in the state — a DHMC employee who had recently traveled to Italy — who attended an invite-only Tuck School of Business event at The Engine Room in White River Junction. DHMC has contacted anyone who might have been in contact with the first case during the private event. 

The first individual attended the event on Friday despite being directed by health officials to self-isolate, and the state has since issued “an official order of isolation” to the man. 

While health officials said they “expect additional cases may be identified that are related to this investigation,” they said that neither of the individuals were in contact with patients at the hospital. The Valley News reports that Tuck students who were at the event are deemed to be at “low risk” of developing the virus because they had no direct contact with the man who tested positive and have no limitations placed on their activities. According to an email sent to campus Tuesday morning, no Dartmouth students are considered close contacts.

While the two cases have caused concern on campus about the coming term, the College still plans on holding spring terms on campus. 

“The COVID-19 outbreak is an unpredictable and fluid situation, and although we cannot know how it will evolve, Dartmouth plans to hold spring term classes on campus,” College spokesperson Diana Lawrence wrote in an email statement. “We are also preparing contingency plans to ensure business and learning continuity in the event that circumstances change unexpectedly.”

Dartmouth recently formed a “high-level task force” which meets daily to monitor and manage the coronavirus outbreak. Task for co-chairs Josh Keniston and Lisa Adams sent an email to campus Tuesday morning to notify students about the first case attending the Tuck social event. 

Lawrence wrote that the College is also considering cancelling student foreign programs for the spring term, with an announcement planned for later this week.  

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