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Lancaster General Hospital's emergency department has been overburdened since the closure of UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster. Pictured here is LGH's public emergency drop-off point on Duke Street in Lancaster city on April 18, 2019.

Editor's note: The person who tested positive to COVID-19 is an independent health care worker at Lancaster General Hospital, not an employee. 

An independent health care worker at Lancaster General Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, according to a written statement from the hospital issued Thursday.

The health care worker contracted the virus in a community setting, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health said, and is in self-isolation at home. The person is adhering to all precautions by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health, the statement said.

The hospital did not identify the worker or other personal details such as age or hometown. Independent health care workers at Lancaster General Hospital include doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses, but the hospital has not said what the worker's occupation was.

The hospital determined that some employees and patients were exposed to the health care worker, and have provided those exposed with instructions for self-monitoring and on how to prevent others from being exposed. 

"We are all aware that these COVID-19 exposures will occur, and that all hospitals will need to deal with these issues as this pandemic evolves," a statement sent out to Lancaster General Health employees said. "It is important that everyone conform to CDC guidelines in their professional and personal lives — especially social distancing and refraining from non-essential travel or excursions outside home or work — to minimize risk to themselves and to others, including our patients." 

Lancaster General Health will soon conduct daily temperature screenings at its facilities, as an added step in safety measures, Lancaster General Health said.