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WRHS CEO: Notified of ‘patient with presumed positive case of coronavirus’

The president and CEO of White River Health System released a statement today confirming their organization has a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Today, we were notified of a patient with a presumed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Gary Paxson, White River Health System president and CEO.

“We initiated our plan of preparation weeks ago for this type of situation as soon as the first cases were diagnosed in the United States,” Paxson said in the statement. “We are providing care to the patient in isolation using infection prevention protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with other state and national recommendations.”

Paxson said White River Health System has assessment tools, information on how families can be safe, and links to the Arkansas Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control on their website The organization is providing regular updates on our response to the coronavirus on their website and social media.

“We encourage people to use the assessment tools and telemedicine services that we offer,” said Paxson. “I am proud of the way our healthcare staff has responded to this crisis, and we are honored by the support shown to us by our community.”


The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features two new interviews with Sen. James Sturch and state Rep. Stu Smith. Download the free White River Now app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air, online, and through the White River Now app on Arkansas 103.3 KWOZ and on White River Now’s Facebook page.

Layout 1Get up-to-date local and regional news along with the latest sports and weather every weekday morning by listening to Gary B. on Ozark Newsline, broadcast from the First Community Bank Newsroom on Arkansas 103.3 KWOZWhite River Now updates are also aired weekday mornings on 93 KZLEOutlaw 106.5, and 99.5 Hits Now. Have a news tip or event to promote? Email White River Now at news@whiterivernow.comBe sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Add don’t forget to download the  White River Now mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

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