STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) — OCH Regional Medical Center met Friday with the Mississippi State Department of Health to discuss preparations for the possibility of the coronavirus.
No cases have been found locally or in Mississippi, but the Starkville-based hospital is among hospitals across the country getting ready since federal health officials this week indicated the virus will likely spread in the United States.
"Although we haven’t had any cases reported in Mississippi, we would much rather be overprepared than underprepared," said hospital administrator and chief executive officer Jim Jackson in a news release.
The hospital now has its emergency room personnel asking people if they have been out of the country and if they have been in close contact with someone who has the virus.
If soneone answers yes to either question, that person will be isolated, and the state health department will be called.