Well-known local doctor diagnosed with COVID-19

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A well-known Waco family care physician who appears frequently on KWTX has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Tim Martindale tested positive for the virus Tuesday morning. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Tim Martindale, who is on medical staff at both Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White hospitals but runs his clinic independently as Martindale Family Medicine Clinic, tested positive for the virus Tuesday morning.

Martindale is currently fighting the virus at his home.

He says he has “moderate symptoms and is hopeful.”

His family is asking friends and colleagues to refrain from texting or otherwise contacting him while he recovers.

He falls in the high risk category because he’s 62 and had heart surgery in 2017.

Martindale told KWTX he started to exhibit symptoms at around 6 p.m. Sunday, more than 48 hours after seeing his last patient on Friday afternoon at his clinic.

He has not seen patients at the hospitals in more than two weeks.

Martindale says none of his patients is considered high risk because he did not develop symptoms until more than 48 hours after he last saw them.

The clinic was contacting patients whom Martindale saw on Friday just to be extra cautious.

The clinic will be closed for the rest of the week and will undergo a deep cleaning.

Phones will still be answered and refills will still be authorized.

Martindale's nurse practitioner partner, Jessica Beverly, will still be seeing patients by telemedicine throughout this week.

Martindale's return is dependent on the course of his illness, but he will not return this week or next and not until at least three days with no symptoms.

He does not know where or how he contracted the virus.