Four of Boston’s largest and best-known hospitals said on Monday that in all, 345 of their employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting additional pressure on the area’s already stretched medical resources.
Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed to NPR on Monday afternoon that 115 of its staff members have tested positive for COVID-19; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center told NPR on Monday afternoon that it has 62 employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, Boston television station WBZ reported Monday that Tufts Medical Center has 61 employees who have tested positive.
Additionally, a WBZ reporter stated on Monday afternoon that Brigham and Women’s Hospital said that it had 107 employees who were positive for COVID-19.
All four institutions are prominent teaching hospitals. MGH, BIDMC and Brigham and Women’s are all affiliated with Harvard University; Tufts is the primary teaching hospital for Tufts University.
Just last Friday, MGH said that 41 employees had received a positive diagnosis — an increase of 180% in four days.