Phelps Health testing patient for coronavirus - UPDATED

Phelps Health announced late Thursday afternoon (March 12) that the test result for the patient who was being checked for COVID-19 was negative. The patient does not have the coronavirus.

On March 11, a patient presented to the Phelps Health Emergency Department in Rolla who met the criteria to be tested for the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). Phelps Health is following its established COVID-19 policy and procedures, and has isolated the patient.

Phelps Health is working closely with its Infection Prevention team as well as local and state health departments. As of March 11, 2020, there has only been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Missouri in St. Louis County.

Phelps Health patients should continue to keep their scheduled appointments and seek treatments without fear of being at risk.

To help minimize the risk of spreading infections, make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid being close to people who are sick, and cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or a tissue and then throw away the tissue.

Visit phelpshealth.org/covid-19 for more information and updates about COVID-19.

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