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Lillian M. Hudspeth Hospital and the Sonora Rural Health Clinic implemented curb side screening for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Thursday, March 19, due a potential positive case in Sonora.

Hospital Administrator Andy Kolb said one person from Sonora was tested this morning and there is a high probability that they will test positive.

“We are following the CDC and state criteria for testing. They tested negative for strep and negative for flu but had all of the other symptoms,” Kolb said. “It is still unconfirmed but there is a high probability that they will test positive.”

The person lives in Sonora and is an employee at a local truck stop, according to Kolb.

“This has been our worst fear all along,” Kolb said. “Coming from the interstate. We knew it was our biggest vulnerability.”

Test results from the CDC will not be available for two to three days. Kolb said he hopes to have them by Tuesday of next week or sooner.

All screening for COVID-19 in person will now be will now be done at the mobile screening station located in front of the hospital entrance gate.

“We are hoping to have a canopy set up by 5 o’clock today and we will be doing curb side screening, “Kolb said.