Hospital Patient Not Believed To Pose A Health Risk

Posted at 9:09 PM, Aug 01, 2015

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A spokeswoman for Kentucky's health department said a patient being treated for an undisclosed illness at a hospital was not believed to pose a risk to the public's health.

The emergency room at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville was locked down Saturday as the hospital evaluated a patient for what officials called a potential public health risk.

Hospital spokesman Jeremy Cocanougher said Saturday afternoon the hospital did not have definitive information "that would either rule in or rule out that there is a risk to the community." He did not disclose the nature of the illness or the identity of the patient.

Later Saturday, Gwenda Bond, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said the patient likely does not pose a threat to the public. 

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