Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) can confirm that a 43-year-old-female from Hazard has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
The patient is a resident of Hazard and was tested for COVID-19 late last week at an area clinic. The Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center laboratory performed testing; however, the patient was not treated at the hospital. The patient was released and has been self-quarantining at home since being tested.
Due to patient privacy laws, and out of respect for this patient and their family, we will not release any additional identifying details about the patient at this time.
This is the second positive test for the 13-hospital ARH system since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the US.
To date, ARH has processed 228 COVID-19 tests. Of these tests, 122 were negative, 2 were positive, and 104 are still awaiting results from the labs where they are being processed.
“ARH is committed to being as transparent as possible to keep our communities safe and informed as we move through this rapidly evolving situation that COVID-19 has become. We want our public to be fully aware if there is a case in their community so they can take additional measures to protect themselves and those around them,” says Dr. Maria Braman, ARH Chief Medical Officer.