16 COVID-19 diagnoses with ties to orthopedics, spine

Practice Management

Becker's Spine Review has reported on 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting spine and orthopedic groups, physicians, or specialty-leading hospitals since mid-March:

Ezriel Kornel, MD, director of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., has been self-isolating since March 13, when he tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

An employee at Des Moines-based Iowa Ortho tested positive for COVID-19, according to a March 21 report.

Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, MD, a retired orthopedic surgeon and member of the state's coronavirus task force, has been in self-isolation since she tested positive for the novel coronavirus March 20.

Two emergency room physicians at Rush Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately went into isolation. Rush responded by implementing new visitor restrictions March 19.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute temporarily closed all of its offices and surgery centers March 20 after one of its physicians tested positive for COVID-19 March 19.

Sanjay Gupta, MD, a neurosurgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and CNN's chief medical correspondent, reported March 17 that nine Emory University physicians tested positive for COVID-19. Dr. Gupta said he anticipated at least 20 more positive tests.

OrthoCarolina's Hip & Knee Center in Charlotte closed March 17 after one of its physicians tested positive for COVID-19. The physician is a fellow at the facility.

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