Hospital in Clinton determines potentially infectious patient did not have an infectious disease

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CLINTON, Mo. -- Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri confirmed Friday morning that the potentially infectious patient did not have an infectious disease.

“I was pleased to receive confirmation that there was no infectious disease and affirm that there is no risk to any patients, visitors, employees or our community,” GVMH's ceo Craig Thompson said. “Our community should take comfort in knowing that the safety of those we serve and those we are closest to is our highest priority.”

The patient arrived at the emergency department at the hospital Tuesday.

Through the utilization of routine screening, medical personnel quickly identified the potential risk and implemented Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocol to ensure the safety of patients and staff, the hospital said through a news release late Tuesday night.

While treating the patient, the emergency department was on diversion to ambulance traffic. An alternate emergency site in the hospital was established to treat patients who sought care during that time.

After consultation with appropriate authorities, the patient was transferred to another facility.

There is no risk to patients, staff or community members interacting with or seeking care at GVMH, according to the hospital.

“The quick action of our staff helped a patient receive timely and appropriate care,” chief executive officer Craig Thompson said Tuesday. “I would like to thank the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and state and local law enforcement agencies for their assistance. GVMH’s highest priority is the health and wellness of our community and I’m proud of how our staff and providers responded.”

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