After 80 days, COVID-19 patient goes home

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Most patients at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance are in hospital seven days.

Last Thursday, the hospital released a COVID-19 recovered patient; the patient had been there for more than 80 days.

According to Chief Executive Officer, Lori Marshall, the person was treated in the ICU, the COVID unit, and, before going home, the rehabilitation unit.

Marshall says the case illustrates the need for drastic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Premier Doug Ford opted for a third provincial lockdown to halt transmission of the virus as it threatens to overwhelm hospital intensive care units. The rapid spread, driven by the rapid spread of new variants of the virus which seem to affect more people under 40, may lead to physicians having to make decisions about who does and doesn’t get treatment.

It also shifts resources away from other hospital services, such a elective surgery, which creates huge backlogs.

Marshall says the average age of COVID-19 patient is now 63, adding patients range from being in their eighties to their fifties.

The current situation is “very different” says Marshall, than what occurred during the pandemic’s first and second wave.

“It important for us all to pay attention to what is happening provincially,” says Marshall.

Although a full year of the pandemic has passed, COVID-19 numbers are at an all time high.

A letter from 153 ICU doctors to the government urged action saying the number of young people on ventilators is growing and that Ontario’s healthcare system is at a critical juncture.

There were seven patients hospitalized at the CKHA with the virus April 1. Two of the patients were in the ICU and one was on a ventilator.

Meantime, Chatham-Kent’s mass vaccination program is making progress according to officials. As of Good Friday, close to 25 per cent of residents in the municipality over age 60 had received their first dose of the vaccine.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald