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DANVILLE, Pa. – Today, Geisinger confirmed its first three patients with presumed positive results for the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness. 

Geisinger officials will be collaborating with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the ongoing care and monitoring of the patients. 

In reference to its first confirmed cases of COVID-19, Geisinger’s president and CEO, Jaewon Ryu, M.D., issued the following statement:

“Guided by months of preparation and the expertise of Geisinger’s staff, proper protocols in line with infection control best practices were followed during the patients’ care. Because of Geisinger’s extensive and ongoing preparedness, all of our facilities remain safe places for our employees, patients and visitors alike. All members of our communities should feel comfortable seeking care at Geisinger hospitals and clinics.”

Geisinger experts continue to ask that before visiting a doctor’s office, convenient care clinic or emergency department, people should call their primary care doctor’s office or Geisinger’s 24/7 novel coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 if they may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 or if they have:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Shortness of breath

For general questions and information about COVID-19, people can visit geisinger.org/coronavirus. Using these resources before going to a doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department can help lessen the possible spread of the virus.

The hotline is also available for clinicians to address patient care inquiries and laboratory testing questions.

Despite almost 100 cases of novel coronavirus cases now reported in Pennsylvania, the risk of getting a severe case of COVID-19 in the United States remains low for most healthy people. There are some populations, including the elderly and those with existing chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and respiratory disease, who risk the most danger if they were to contract COVID-19. Healthy adults and children under age 10 have mostly avoided impact from COVID-19.

 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1.5 million consumers it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 13 hospital campuses, a 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With 32,000 employees and 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by billions of dollars annually. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Matthew Van Stone
Media Relations Director

570-808-3344
mrvanstone1@geisinger.edu