Source: The News-Enterprise
In Hardin County, about one out of every 23 people who are tested for COVID-19 have tested positive, according data from Baptist Health Hardin and ZipClinic Urgent Care in Elizabethtown.
As of Friday afternoon, 32 Hardin County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus out of the more than 700 people tested locally. Of the 32, 26 have recovered and six were under home isolation, according to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department. At one point last week, six people who tested positive in the county had been hospitalized.
Terrie Burgan, public information officer for the health department, said LTDHD has no part in providing testing.
“The only role we have in testing is receipt of positive results,” she said. “We have no idea what the negative result totals are.”
As of midday Friday, Baptist Health Hardin had administered 653 tests, including 355 at Hardin Memorial Hospital, said Tracee Troutt, Baptist Health Hardin vice president and chief development officer. The other 298 tests had been completed at other Baptist Health Hardin locations in Hardin County, she said.
A representative with ZipClinic Urgent Care said the facility averaged about 20 cases a week since starting to offer COVID-19 tests about four weeks ago. The representative said as of midday Friday, 14 tests had been taken last week.
Troutt said it’s possible some of Hardin County’s confirmed cases may have been tested in another county. State data reflects where a patient resides who has a confirmed test and not where the patient may have been tested.
Dr. Thomas Hustead, medical director of the Baptist Health Hardin Medical Group said the opening of the drive-thru Respiratory Viral Evaluation Clinic on Woodland Drive in Elizabethtown and the launch of the Patient Symptom Hotline has aided testing.
“We are thrilled at how many people utilize the new resources Baptist Health Hardin offers,” Hustead said. “We began caring for patients with respiratory symptoms at the RVEC on March 20 after they were referred by their primary care provider or by our hotline team.