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First confirmed case of COVID-19 at Minden Medical Center

by Minden Press-Herald

Jim Williams, CEO of Minden Medical Center has confirmed the first case of COVID-19 here in Webster Parish at Minden Medical Center. Below is a statement from Williams regarding the matter.

In alignment with the assurances we made to each of you as our community members, friends, and family to keep you informed at all points of this journey, we want you to know that we have received confirmation of our first positive Coronavirus patient.  

In our obligation to our healthcare providers, patients, staff, and our community, our infection preventionist first notified the Office of Public Health, then the provider who cared for the patient, at which point that provider notified the patient.  We are currently notifying all caregivers and personnel who may have come in contact with this patient during their visit at Minden Medical Center.  

The patient was seen in the ED and sent home to self-quarantine.  All personal protective equipment guidelines as well as isolation precautions from the CDC were followed as prescribed.  We will continue to keep you updated throughout this process as our community members are one of our top priorities.  

We appreciate your cooperation and teamwork as we continue to provide healthcare in a calm and well-informed spirit.  Thank you for helping us keep our community healthy and reducing public fear and anxiety. 

Minden Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality care to our patients. Part of that commitment is providing a safe environment for our patients, employees, and the community. In our preparation for COVID-19, we are following policies and procedures already in place concerning infectious disease. Those policies were developed using guidance from the CDC and the Louisiana Office of Public Health. We recognize these guidelines are frequently changing. We will modify our practice to reflect the most current standard.

Jim Williams, CEO

Minden Medical Center

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