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Coronavirus tests at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare come back negative

No confirmation of COVID-19 in Leon County
Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
Posted at 11:26 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 12:51:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare says that while all the coronavirus tests they've done so far have come back negative, they'll no longer be able to give a "timely and accurate count" of completed tests.

As of Thursday, TMH says zero patients have tested postiive COVID-19 at the hospital. No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Leon County by the CDC.

Tuesday, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare reported that they had screened a total of eight patients for coronavirus or COVID-19 and collected samples from five of them. None of those patients tested positive.

"These patients were given discharge instructions per CDC guidelines," TMH wrote in an update posted to their website."

Wednesday, TMH said that they won't be able to give an accurate count for completed tests.

Testing for COVID-19 can be ordered by a medical provider without approval from the Department of Health, this change has increased the amount of patients who have been tested for the virus and the number of locations where the testing samples can be collected. With the increase in the number of patients being tested, TMH will no longer be able to provide a timely and accurate count of the amount of completed tests. If a patient tests positive for COVID-19, an announcement will be made to the public.

If a patient tests positive for COVID-19, TMH says they will make an announcement to the public.

As part of their precautions, TMH is asking that visitors be limited to two people. They also ask that children under 18 only be allowed to visit the hospital if they are in need of healthcare.

"TMH continues to plan, prepare and take action to control and prevent the spread of respiratory viral illness. Our top priority is keeping our patients and colleagues safe," officials wrote.

For resources about coronavirus, including prevention tips, visit TMH.ORG/Coronavirus.