MADISON — Boone Memorial Hospital confirmed in a news release sent on Sunday that a patient has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Hospital Chief Development Officer David Gresham, who is also acting as the COVID-19 public information officer, said the patient went to the emergency room on Friday, May 8.

“After displaying symptoms, Hospital staff followed appropriate screening procedures, including proper donning of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and administered the COVID-19 Rapid Test. The Rapid Test allows for results in less than 10-15 minutes. The patient is currently in isolation at our facility,” Gresham said in the release.

“While we were hopeful we wouldn’t see a COVID-19 case at Boone Memorial, we were prepared,” said Terri Castle, chief nursing officer and COVID-19 Incident Commander. “We have tested over 400 patients, to date, and this is our first confirmed case.”

The BMH COVID-19 Taskforce has been preparing since early March.

“We continue to work closely with the Boone County Health Department and the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (DHHR),” said Castle. “We also monitor and follow all recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”

Boone Memorial Hospital screens all patients who enter the facility, follows social distancing guidelines and requires all patients and staff to wear face masks.

“We remain committed to ensuring the health and safety of our patients and staff,” said Castle. “Anyone entering our hospital can feel comfortable knowing it is safe and secure. Our number one goal is to protect you and your family,” concluded Castle.