How local hospitals are preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak

WATCH: How local hospitals are preparing for a possible coronavirus outbreak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department is still monitoring 20 people for potential coronavirus exposure.

The department is adamant that they are just taking precautions and that there’s is no need for alarm.

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FOX13 took a closer look at what the protocol is at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital for when someone catches a high-contagious virus like coronavirus.

“We ask patients to let us know if they’ve had any kind of contact or travel. That’s the first step. Identifying if you’re at risk or not.” Doctor Barry Gilmore told FOX13.

Dr. Gilmore told us the first step is isolation.

“That ends up being, initially, putting a mask on everybody and separating them from the rest of the folks,” Dr. Gilmore explained. “And then we take them into a room which is called a negative pressure room.”

The vents in the negative pressure rooms continuously work to clean the air.

As far as how long you’d be in the negative pressure room, Dr. Gilmore said a patient would be there for however long it takes to determine whether they have coronavirus or another disease.

Dr. Gilmore stressed that the coronavirus is all about exposure, and here in the Mid-South, you’re far more likely to catch the flu, than the coronavirus that is making the headlines.