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Arizona provider OKs virus-positive hospital workers

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Jan 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-09 18:05:04-05

PHOENIX (AP) — A major health care provider in Arizona will allow employees who are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms or are asymptomatic to keep working at its hospitals and facilities.

Because of the omicron variant's rapid spread in Maricopa County and in anticipation of an continued increase, Dignity Health officials said they have enacted the "third tier" of the federal guidelines for health care workers with the coronavirus. However, those employees would need to wear an N-95 mask for 10 days after they tested positive.

Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 69 more deaths and 15,850 additional confirmed infections.