This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like.
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This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus particles give coronaviruses their name, crown-like.

UPDATE: The state health department updated this case as a Polk County woman and confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is confirming that a patient in a Floyd County hospital has preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet confirmed the case.

According to a release from the county, a 46-year-old woman went to Floyd’s Emergency Care Center with flu-like symptoms Saturday, Feb. 29.

The patient was screened according to CDC guidelines and was subsequently treated and released.

But then, the patient returned on Tuesday with worsening symptoms.

Despite the patient not meeting COVID-19 screening criteria, the county said Floyd clinicians made the decision to admit her to the hospital.

After being placed in isolation, the preliminary test result was deemed positive.

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Additional testing is being performed and results from CDC are anticipated in the next few days. Gov. Brian Kemp said his office asked CDC to expedite processing for an official determination.

The county said it will proactively notify all patients who may have had contact with the infected patient’s caregivers, as well as anyone who may have been in the ER at the time the patient was present.

This is a developing story. Go to GPB.org/virus for the latest updates on COVID-19 .