Meadville Pain Management has been shut down until later this month after an employee of the medical practice tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Meadville Medical Center spokeswoman.

The employee of the clinic tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, Jackie Lesher, the hospital's director of consumer engagement/marketing, said this morning. The clinic located at 1015 Grove St. is a medical practice of Meadville Medical Center with Dr. Shashank Saxena and Dr. Haibin Wang.

The clinic has been closed as a precaution and will remain closed until July 27, Lesher said. The clinic's offices will undergo a thorough disinfection prior to reopening, she said.

All employees at the clinic have been notified to monitor symptoms for 14 days, and MMC’s infectious disease staff are conducting a thorough contact tracing to identify anyone else who may have possibly been exposed.

The employee first began showing symptoms Saturday, so all patients who were in the clinic on Thursday and Friday of last week are being notified, Lesher said.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, individuals can transfer the virus 48 hours prior to showing symptoms.

Due to preventative measures in the clinic, such as wearing masks and practicing hand hygiene, patients who were in the clinic will have had minimal risk of exposure, Lesher said.

Lesher said individuals with questions related to this potential exposure should contact MMC’s infection disease department at (814) 373-2195.

Individuals with questions or in need of prescription refills may call Meadville Pain Management at (814) 337-5894.

See Wednesday's print edition of The Meadville Tribune or check later with for more details.

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