The Bloomingtonian reached out to IU Health Bloomington via Facebook messenger, and received this reply:
“Early this morning, the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed that a patient seen in the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital emergency department (ED) tested positive for COVID-19. The IU Health Bloomington team followed all safety protocols with precision: the patient was masked and escorted directly into a room, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Team members utilized all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout the process. The patient was admitted to the hospital where the patient remains. All care continues to be supervised by members of the clinical leadership team and the hospital’s infection prevention specialist. Both IU Health South Central Region President Brian Shockney and Chief Nursing Officer Cindy Herrington express great pride in the response by all teams involved. “Our highly-skilled professionals were calm and confident in their ability to provide excellent care. They demonstrated that preparation and commitment to following recommended best practices supports a safe healing environment for everyone: patients, visitors and team members,” said Shockney. “We acknowledge the concerns which now exist in our community and are committed to respond to the challenges and uncertainties of this unprecedented time.””
The statement does not specify the county of residence of the patient. The Bloomingtonian has reached out to the hospital’s PR team for comment.