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NGH searching for PPEs, masks, vents

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

So far, the tests for Covid-19 have been negative, reported Nocona General CEO Lance Meekins.

But the hospital administrator, and the medical staff at the 18-bed facility know, “It’s just a matter of time.”

Over the weekend Wichita County confirmed its fifth case of Covid-19 while Monday Parker and Erath Counties was added to the list of 46 counties with at least one confirmed case.

Because of that the hospital has accelerated plans to renovate the former SCU unit into a four-bed addition which would bring the hospital capacity up to 22 beds to serve a county with an estimated population of 19,600.

“We’ve tested five (for Convid-19) total with one outstanding,” Meekins said late Monday morning.

“If they’re meeting the state’s criteria, we’ve been sending the tests down to (the state laboratory) Fort Worth and we generally get the results back in a day,” he said.

Read more in this week’s edition of The Nocona News.



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