Sanford Health confirms further COVID-19 cases among staff


Sanford Fargo VP and Medical Officer, Doug Griffin, says three physical therapists from its Fargo facilities have tested positive for COVID-19.

Nathan Aamodt, spokesman for Sanford Health, says the three cases, announced Sunday, are in addition to the provider earlier reported as testing positive for COVID-19.

The physical therapists work in the hospital setting, two at Sanford Medical Center on 23rd Avenue, and one at Sanford’s Broadway Medical Center. The medical center says the infected therapists are currently isolating at home.

“We are working closely with the North Dakota Department of Health to evaluate this situation,” Sanford officials said in a statement Sunday. “We continue to follow CDC infection control protocols.”

Sanford says they are taking all precautions and are contacting employees and patients who may have come into close contact with the therapists.

“Seven patients are being notified they may have been exposed,” officials said. “One PT had symptoms at work and went home. The other was not at work when the symptoms began and has remained isolated.”

“The safety of our patients and employees continues to be our highest priority,” Griffin said in the statement. “This virus is incredibly contagious and healthcare workers are at high risk. There will be an increase in the number of healthcare workers becoming infected.”