South Central Regional Medical Center confirmed Wednesday at 5 p.m. that one of its patients has tested positive for COVID-19.

The patient is reportedly from Jasper County and did not need to be hospitalized.

As of today, before the case was confirmed, the hospital has stepped up protocol by screening visitors and patients with temperature checks and questions related to symptoms. Recent rumors of a COVID-19 patient were unfounded, as SCRMC hadn't received any positive tests until now.

"Patients, including those who visit South Central's Emergency Department, are now allowed one visitor at a time," said Dr. Teresa Camp-Rogers in a press release. "Each visitor will be required to pass the hospital's screening guidelines before going further."

No other details about the patient have been provided.

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