Neighboring county gets first virus case

Body

Officials at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville on Tuesday confirmed that the hospital has had its first case of COVID-19.

The individual, who is a resident of Kerr County, was admitted to the hospital before being discharged to self-isolate.

“At this time, this appears to be a case of direct contact due to travel and not community acquired,” a hospital spokesman said. “PRMC staff followed all standards, accepted protocols and procedures to protect medical staff, employees and patients.”

Peterson is also working with the Texas Department of State Health Services to identify anyone who has come in close contact with the confirmed person.

“While this is the first case of COVID-19 in Kerr County at PRMC, Peterson Health has been preparing and anticipating a confirmed case at any given time,” president and CEO Cory Edmondson said. “We have worked closely with the CDC, TDSHS and local healthcare partners since learning about the outbreak across the globe. Peterson jumped into preparation mode and joined healthcare partners to include city, county, school district and other stakeholders to come up with a plan.”

Peterson health has a COVID-19 hotline for questions and answers. The number is manned by registered nurses and is open from 6 a.m.-midnight, seven days a week.

Call 830-896-4200 and select option 1.

For more information, visit www.petersonhealth.com.