SAGAMORE HILLS — Staff at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare who came into contact with a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in late March are expected to return to work on Friday, said Eric Wandersleben, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Wandersleben said Wednesday that the employees have been in self-quarantine, with none showing symptoms, since the patient tested positive at the state psychiatric hospital off Sagamore Road on March 27.

Wandersleben said other staff and patients are also symptom free. Employees have been issued personal protective equipment.

"The health and safety our staff and patients in our care remain our top priority," said Wandersleben. "The hospital will continue to follow its pandemic protocol, which includes screenings for staff and patients."

In addition, the state announced in a March 13 media release that due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was prohibiting in-person visitations at state psychiatric facilities until further notice.

Patients can still make and receive phone calls and the state was working on using technology to create other alternatives for visitation as well, the release said.

Wandersleben said the infected patient was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, but was later released. He said the person is no longer a patient at Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare and he did not have any additional information about the person.

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