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Employee At A CoxHealth Clinic In Branson Tests Positive For COVID-19

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CoxHealth Heart Center, a stand-alone clinic in Branson, is expected to re-open Monday, March 30, after an extensive cleaning.  CoxHealth officials say that’s after an employee of the center tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Taney County Health Department and CoxHealth are contacting clinic employees and members of the public who may have had close contact with that person during a three-day period, according to a statement from the hospital.

Infection Prevention employees are following up with anyone who worked with the COVID-19 patient and making anyone with symptoms stay home, according to CoxHealth.  They’re also monitoring all employees of the CoxHealth Heart Center for symptoms. 

The source of the infection is unknown.

The employee is doing well and recovering at home, according to Cox. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.