A patient diagnosed with COVID-19 has been admitted to HaysMed, but the person is not from Ellis County, according to the Ellis County Health Department.


The patient is in a "special equipped area that is designed to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients, visitors, staff and physicians," according to a HaysMed press release.


Ellis County Health Services Director Jason Kennedy confirmed Friday afternoon that the patient is not a resident of Ellis County.


HaysMed said caregivers wearing protective gear coordinated the entry of the patient into the hospital, and no other patients, visitors or caregivers were exposed.


"We will not share information about patients admitted for COVID-19 in order to protect their privacy as required by federal law," HaysMed said in the news release. "County and state health departments work in tandem for contact tracing and will notify people at risk per their protocols.  All questions related to public safety should be directed to the appropriate governing agency."


HaysMed says its employees are safe to come to work.


"While some patient appointments have been postponed or delayed, patients who have appointments for conditions which they must be present and seen by a provider are safe to keep their medical and outpatient appointments. You can also contact your clinic about setting up a telehealth visit," the release said.


Those with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the COVID-19 hotline at 877-261-7140. The hotline is available daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.