Beckley ARH Patient Tests Positive for Coronavirus COVID-19
Beckley ARH Hospital confirmed today a patient there has tested positive for
COVID-19 - this is first patient to test positive at Beckley ARH and the third
patient in the 13-hospital ARH system to test positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Maria Braman, ARH Chief Medical Officer says ARH is
committed to being as transparent as possible in order to keep our communities
safe and informed.
The patient, a Raleigh County resident, presented in the
Beckley ARH Emergency Department and based on symptoms, the patient was
isolated and tested for several potential viruses. Today, testing confirms the
patient is positive for COVID-19. The patient is currently hospitalized at
Beckley ARH in an isolation room.
Due to patient privacy laws, and out of respect for this
patient and their family, ARH will not release any further details about the
With five cases in Raleigh County, Beckley ARH Community CEO
Rocky Massey encourages Southern West Virginian’s to continue to be vigilant in
practicing “stay home” measures.
“We want our public to be fully aware COVID-19 is in our
communities. They must take additional measures to protect themselves and those
around them,” said Massey.
According to Massey, BARH staff has had extensive training on
the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and preparation for the
potential of COVID-19 in our facilities.
“During interaction with the patient and testing for
COVID-19 our medical staff took every precaution and followed the appropriate
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols to prevent exposure
to staff and other patients. Due to these measures, no staff or patients were
exposed nor require self-isolating,” said Massey.
Dr. Braman continued stating, “It is our responsibility as
healthcare professionals to be prepared for these cases, and at ARH, we are
prepared. Furthermore, it also is our responsibility as citizens to help
control the spread of COVID-19 by limiting our exposure to others and
practicing the CDC recommendations for social distancing and hand-washing
practices. That is the only way we can get ahead of the spread of this virus.”
ARH understands this is a stressful time for our communities and has developed
both COVID-19 website and Hotline.
The ARH COVID-19 Hotline is open from 7a.m to 11 p.m., 7
days a week, to field questions regarding COVID-19 symptoms, testing and
prevention. The Hotline can be reached at 606-439-7100. For the most
accurate and current ARH COVID-19 updates and information, call the ARH
COVID-19 Hotline or Visit www.ARHCOVID19.com.