St. Francis Medical Center reports COVID-19 Case

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - St. Francis Medical Center has reported a positive COVID-19 case. They say a patient who tested positive is in their care.

“The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center, and at this time the patient remains in our care. Our team followed protocol once COVID-19 was suspected. The patient was isolated and the diagnosis confirmed through a state-run diagnostic test. We have developed a list of team members who came into contact with this patient and areas the patient visited. All of those identified areas have been disinfected and team members will follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for monitoring their health.

We provide care for patients with transmissible conditions every day. The care team is following CDC guidelines and our well-established infection prevention protocols to protect themselves and other patients. We all play an important part in preventing the spread of COVID-19, influenza and any other viruses in our community. Remember to frequently wash your hands, cover your cough, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. If you are sick or experiencing flu-like symptoms, stay home and contact your primary care physician.

Patient privacy is very important to our healthcare organization and we do not have additional details to provide at this time.

Meanwhile, Ouachita Parish Police Jury President Shane Smiley says two Ouachita Parish residents tested positive for COVID-19. He said he learned of the results Saturday afternoon. He said the two residents have been at home in isolation for the past few days pending the results of their tests. No other details were available.