CLINTON (KATV) — UPDATE (3:30 p.m.):Channel 7 News has learned the patient in question is a male patient who had traveled from West Africa. He wanted to make sure he did not have Ebola, so the hospital tested him for symptoms because of his recent travel.The hospital said they were never on lockdown, but said they had instead "isolated the patient" as a precaution. The hospital is operating as normal and is not releasing any more details because of HIPAA privacy rules.
UPDATE (2:10 p.m.):
A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Health has released the following statement:
"The patient of concern at the Clinton hospital has been cleared as a possible Ebola patient. There are no suspect or confirmed Ebola cases in Arkansas. The hospital has consulted with ADH and the CDC, as a precaution, and the patient is at no risk for Ebola."
ORIGINAL REPORT (12:45 p.m.):
CLINTON (KATV) - Ozark Regional Health System in Clinton has implemented a lockdown while they check a patient for possible Ebola symptoms.
The Arkansas Department of Health says the patient is being checked for Ebola due to the patient's recent travel history.
The health department says the patient is a very low risk.