Vaughan Regional Medical Center announced on Thursday that they can confirm that a patient has been identified who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The patient was discharged and is at home in self-isolation, the hospital reports.
“Vaughan Regional Medical Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone that walks through our doors,” the hospital said in a statement. “We are continuing to work closely with the county health department and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical team that has been caring for this patient and all those within our facility.”
The hospital also says it has implemented strict visitor restrictions, moving to a zero-visitor protocol. Exceptions may include pediatric patients, obstetric patients and those receiving end-of-life care.
The Vaughan has already limited entry to the hospital to the emergency room and front entrances to access the facility.
“Per CDC guidelines, everyone entering our facility will be screened for respiratory symptoms and travel history.Our hospital is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round,” the statement said.
“We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you,” they said.
The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 368 cases in the state and two in Dallas County. The first death related to COVID-19 was reported Wednesday in Jackson County.
See a breakdown of cases by county as of 5 p.m. Wednesday in a Selma Sun article from Wednesday night here.