Nocona General Hospital CEO Lance Meekins informed The Nocona News and Nocona ISD administrators Thursday morning that the second Covid-19 test came back negative.
The patient, who had previously been tested as being negative, had recently traveled to Italy to visit her husband who was in the service, leaving that country shortly before it went into nationwide quarantine.
After visiting with family in Nocona, which including school-age children, and new testing protocols being published, the women contacted NGH and was tested. She, and the family she was visiting, then went into voluntary self-quarantine awaiting the results.
Because her temperature at the time the specimen were taken did not meet Centers for Disease Control thresholds the test was not submitted to a state lab. Instead he had to be shipped to California over the weekend, at NGH’s expense, to be run.