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COVID-19 Update - Stopping the Spread of Illness

Posted Date: March 17, 2020

GULFPORT, Miss. – (March 17, 2020) The Chief Executive Officer of Memorial’s health care system, Kent Nicaud, announced the MS Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed two presumptive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), making them the first in Harrison County to be identified. The cases are considered presumptive positive cases until they are confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Memorial team followed protocols once COVID-19 was suspected. Per CDC guidelines, the patients were isolated, and, on an individual basis, samples were obtained at Memorial Physician Clinic locations. The tests were performed at the MDHS laboratory. The individuals were not hospitalized, were never inpatients at either Memorial or Stone County campuses, and 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.  

We have developed a list of team members who came in contact with the patients and areas the patients visited. All of those identified areas have been disinfected, and we are in the process of communicating with team members and ensuring the staff follows Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for monitoring their health.