CONWAY — A Memorial Hospital physician has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19.
The hospital did not release the name of the doctor, and Tim Kershner said the test has not been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
While respecting HIPPA regulations that maintain patient confidentiality, Kershner said the hospital wants to be transparent when providers are affected by the virus.
“This also reminds us that all that health-care providers are at the greatest risk for contracting the virus,” Kershner said.
Kershner said the hospital does not contact people who may have been in contact with someone who has the virus. That work is left to public health officials with the state.
But he added, anyone who has a concern can call the hospital or call their primary care provider to go through a telephone screening for their risk for the virus.
Kershner said the hospital is seeing patients who are being tested for the virus and that some of them are doing “drive-up testing,” where they are met at their car by hospital personnel and a swab is taken for testing.
“So far, we are ahead of the curve, which is where we need to be,” he said.
The state of New Hampshire is now reporting 39 cases of COVID-19, including four in Carroll County; 891 people have been tested. There are also 231 people with tests pending and 550 people who are being monitored.
On Wednesday, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced 13 new positive test results for COVID-19. The new cases are all in adults, including six males and seven females.
Four of the cases are from Hillsborough County, three each from Rockingham and Carroll counties, two from Belknap and one from Merrimack. The four individuals from Hillsborough County all reside in Manchester.
New individuals from Carroll and Merrimack counties have no identified risk factors, indicating additional areas in New Hampshire experiencing community-based transmission of COVID-19. Community-based transmission has been identified in the following counties: Rockingham, Grafton, Merrimack, and Carroll.
Two patients are hospitalized and they are in stable condition; the remaining people are isolating at home.