FORT WALTON BEACH — White Wilson Medical Center temporarily closed its immediate care clinic Wednesday after a patient experienced symptoms similar to coronavirus.
"In an abundance of caution, we have elected to temporarily close our Fort Walton Beach Immediate Care Clinic," a social media post said.
A person came to the facility "who had traveled internationally and was experiencing flu-like symptoms," a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon said. A series of protocols were undertaken "to ensure proper evaluation of the patient and limit potential exposure to others," the release said.
Leslie Moland, director of marketing and public relations for White Wilson Medical Center, confirmed there are no known cases of coronavirus in the area.
"While at this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our community or our state, we will continue to take every precaution to ensure that our patients and staff are safe," a Facebook post from White Wilson Medical Center said.
The facility was closed to patients "for several hours" the news release said.
All other locations and departments remained open.
"The appropriate steps were immediately taken to evaluate this individual and any potential exposure to COVID-19," the post said.
COVID-19 SYMPTOMS (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center also released a statement Wednesday evening that the hospital was open and had not seen any coronavirus patients or anyone with coronavirus symptoms.
Those across the world who have contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have reported experiencing everything from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms can include:
Fever, cough, shortness of breath
CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
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