Yale New Haven Health Chief Nursing Executive Tests Positive for Coronavirus

On Saturday Yale New Haven Health reported that its chief nursing executive, Beth Beckman, has tested positive for Coronavirus and has self-isolated at home.

In fact several patients across the Yale New Haven Health System, which includes Greenwich Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, Bridgeport Hospital, Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Westerly Hospital in Westerly, RI, as well as a number of outpatient centers, have tested positive for COVID-19.

“This is not unexpected as the CDC and public health officials made it clear that community transmission is occurring in the state of Connecticut,” Yale New Haven Health CEO Marna Borgstrom said in a memo to colleagues posted on the group’s website Saturday. “However, it does underscore the nature of this virus which requires ongoing diligence and monitoring.”

“Beth is doing well and remains engaged in our daily operations,” Borgstrom added.

Additionally, Yale New Haven announced their chief clinical officer, Thomas Balcezak, MD, has been exposed to COVID-19, and while he has tested negative and has no symptoms, he has self-quarantined at home for the next 14 days as a result of his wife’s positive test. Like Beth, he remains engaged in our daily operations while working at home.