Ballad doctor with COVID-19 appreciates ‘outpouring of love and support’ from community

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- In Ballad Health’s news conference Thursday, President & CEO Alan Levine confirmed that Dr. Daniel Lewis, a Chief Medical Officer for the Greeneville market, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to the hospital.

“We are praying for Daniel,” said Levine, “he is a wonderful man, he’s an asset to the Greeneville community and the entire Ballad Health family is praying for him.”

Dr. Lewis told News Channel 11 he is doing well after his wife also confirmed in a post on social media that he had tested positive for COVID-19. She said prayers are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Lewis said in an e-mail Thursday, “You can tell them I am doing well and am appreciative of all the overwhelming outpouring of love and support my family and I have seen in the last 24 hours.”

Director of Infectious Disease and Prevention Jamie Swift says Ballad worked closely with the Tennessee Department of Health on the investigation into Dr. Lewis

Swift said Lewis had contact with a COVID-19 patient before testing positive for the virus.

“There was no exposure to patients in the Greeneville Hospital, so we made sure of that,” she said, “and within his practice, there was no notification that was necessary because of PPE that had been worn.”

SEE ALSO: Health officials say COVID-19 tests awaiting results in Greene County, Tenn.

Dr. Lewis spoke at a Greene County Commission meeting in March to talk to commissioners about the novel coronavirus.

He spoke to commissioners about his knowledge of the virus and testing.

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