Boyle County, Kentucky: Patient Being Evaluated for ‘Potential Public Health Risk,’ Officials Say

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The emergency room at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville went under lockdown Saturday afternoon as officials evaluate “a patient for a potential public health risk.” It is unclear what the health risk could be, or when the lockdown will be lifted.
Hospital officials say the Emergency Department and the medical center is following policies and procedures to guarantee there is no risk to the community.

Hospital officials say the Emergency Department and the medical center is following policies and procedures to guarantee there is no risk to the community.

In a press release from the medical center, officials say ” we do not have definitive information that would either rule in or rule out that there is a risk to the community,” and they say they are working with local and state health officials and also coordinating with the Center for Disease Control.

Incoming patients are being rerouted to other nearby hospitals.

Danville Police Chief Tony Gray said his information from an officer at the scene was that the emergency room was put on lockdown because a woman “has a condition that the ER staff is not really sure what it is, so they’re just taking precautions.”

The woman had apparently been overseas recently but has been isolated, Gray said. He did not know the symptoms the woman exhibited.

Cocanougher said in an interview he had not seen the patient and could not confirm that the patient was female. “I don’t know that it’s a she,” he said.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, Cocanougher said he did not know whether the patient’s condition posed a risk.

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