GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — The first cases of coronavirus in Harrison County have been identified, according to Kent Nicaud, the Chief Executive Officer of Memorial’s healthcare system.
Memorial says the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced Tuesday morning they confirmed two cases of COVID-19 after testing samples that were obtained from two patients at Memorial Physician Clinic locations.
Memorial says their team followed protocols once COVID-19 was suspected and the patients were isolated. The tests were performed at the MSDH laboratory.
The individuals were not hospitalized and were never inpatients at either Memorial or Stone County campuses. Each patient is at home recovering, self-quarantined.
The patient’s care team will remain in contact with the patients and will continue to monitor their status.
Nicaud says, “Although we work to prevent the spread of viruses on a regular basis, we prepared our teams for weeks on the process for handling suspected COVID-19 patients specifically, and we were ready. The patients felt ill and sought treatment early, which we have educated the community to do. They visited our clinics where our staff followed the CDC guidelines for suspected COVID-19 patients by isolating each quickly, taking samples safely and working with our state agencies for a diagnosis. The process worked. The patients are home and we are in contact with them to aid in their recovery. We expect to see more COVID-19 cases in our community and within our health care system. We encourage others that are experiencing any symptoms, such as fever or cough, to seek medical treatment so we can minimize and help stop the spread of this illness.”