WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) – Landmark Medical Center’s emergency room was cordoned off by police late Friday night while a patient was evaluated for Ebola-like symptoms.
Police and fire department vehicles blocked access to the hospital with crime scene tape and portable barriers, and witnesses said that patients were divered to other hospitals.
Woonsocket police said early Saturday morning night that the emergency room was kept on lockdown past midnight.
A spokesperson for Governor Lincoln Chafee said that a patient who was being monitored after returning from a trip to West Africa 17 days ago was taken to the hospital for evaluation of “mild symptoms.”
The Health Department told that person to drive himself to the hospital for examination, a Health Department spokesperson said. The patient’s movement was coordinated with the Woonsocket Police Department, and he arrived at about 8 p.m.
“The evaluation suggested no presence of any significant disease,” Chafee’s spokesperson wrote in a news release, and the patient was sent home after the evaluation.
Everyone returning to Rhode Island from West Africa is monitored by the Department of Health for 21 days, which is the incubation period for the Ebola virus.