Note from our publisher: Kimberly Lopez is a Lake Jackson resident and registered nurse at Matagorda Regional Medical Center, and she is a good friend. She treated the first positive COVID-19 case in Matagorda County on March 14. Since then, the hospital has seen more coronavirus-infected patients, two of whom she cared for. Despite her best precautions, one situation in which she prioritized patient safety before her own left her exposed to COVID-19. She tested April 1 and results came back positive two days later.
Here is her story, in her words.