Palo Pinto General Hospital officials on Tuesday said one person tested there for COVID-19 was confirmed positive, however that person does not live in the county and was sent home to quarantine.

The person is said to be "doing well" and recovering at home. No other information about the person was given.

Hospital officials said the initial screening on the person was done through PPGH's coronavirus hotline (940-328-6555). Based on that screening, the person was instructed to go to the hospital and was administered the COVID-19 test in PPGH's drive-through testing facility. They did not exit their vehicle during the test.

PPGH said the positive case has been reported to the state and notified Palo Pinto County emergency management officials, and officials expect the positive test result will be assigned to the county where that person resides. The patient and their primary care physician were also notified.

Hospital officials said the patient contacted their primary care physician, who is located in Mineral Wells. The physician and patient notified the hospital's hotline and the patient was screened and tested. The patient apparently did not visit any public areas locally, and drove straight to the testing site and then reportedly back home.

"We can not release any identifying information on the patient due to HIPAA regulations," PPGH stated in response to questions. "The patient was quarantined after the test and is now in contact with the Texas Department of Health. Please know that we have taken all appropriate steps to protect our community."

The hospital said to date it has performed over 75 tests on persons based on criteria and screening. No Palo Pinto County residents have tested positive as of midday Tuesday.

For guidelines on who is tested, and when, visit PPGH.com and click the coronavirus link at the top of the page. There is a wealth of information about the virus, and how to prevent its spread and avoid infection.

"Palo Pinto General Hospital is doing everything in our power to keep our patients, staff, and community safe," the hospital said in a public statement.

The coronavirus community hotline is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at 940-328-6555.

The hospital on Tuesday also announced additional visitor restrictions taking effect Wednesday. No visitors will be allowed in the hospital except for parents of minors, certain extenuating circumstances and to allow one significant other in the maternity unit.

"We would like to thank you for your support, patience, and cooperation during this COVID-19 pandemic. We know this is a difficult time for everyone and will continue to do what is right for our community," the PPGH statement said.

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