United Regional releases statement after coronavirus rumors

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WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL)— United Regional has amended a statement we brought you on Saturday surrounding rumors of someone testing positive for COVID-19.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator Patrick Johnston said United Regional does not actually perform the test for COVID-19, but they work with local health departments and have collected less than five specimens, per their screening and testing protocols.

No tests have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

Johnston said the process of isolation is used frequently to minimize potential contact in the case of such contagious illness as chickenpox, measles, influenza, etc.

Just because a patient is in isolation does not mean they are COVID-19 suspected.

A statement sent to our newsroom yesterday stated United Regional has patients in isolation and several of those have been tested for COVID-19, and results are pending.

United Regional has now retracted that part of the statement.

The full amended statement is below:

Although United Regional does not actually perform the test for COVID-19, we work with the local health department and have collected less than five specimens, per their screening and testing protocols. No tests have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 at this point.

While “quarantine” is a common term for separating well people to see if they become ill, United Regional places patients in “isolation.” The process of isolation is used frequently to minimize potential contact in the case of such contagious illness as chickenpox, measles, influenza, etc. Just because a patient is in isolation does not mean they are COVID-19 suspected.

Our top priority is the safety of our patients, visitors, staff and community. We will keep you informed if a confirmed case of COVID-19 is identified. Beyond that, and for your convenience, we will send an update to our media outlets at 10 a.m. each morning.

Marketing and Communication Coordinator Patrick Johnston

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