FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - James Seekie became the 300th COVID-19 patient discharged from Indiana University Methodist Hospital in May.
IU Health Medical Director of Infection Prevention Dr. Cole Beeler says staff are overwhelmed with joy when a patient is recovered from the virus.
"A victory lap would be taken around the ward for every patient that we discharge," said Dr. Beeler.
Dr. Beeler says 2,126 patients have been discharged from IU hospitals statewide.
He says the hospitals have only been able to reach that number with dilignece from the staff.
"They're not as afraid, and they have more confidence in our ability to care for these people and make sure they're supported throughout the duration of their illness," said Beeler.
The Regenstrief COVID-19 dashboard reports 619 total hospitalizations in Allen County between March 1 and Sep.1.
But Beeler says hospitalization doesn't mean death for patients.
"The vast majority are recovering. As a matter of fact, mortality is becoming less and less with this virus," said Beeler.
He says recovery is something to appreciate, but many patients have reported symptoms lingering for months after they were discharged.
Those symptoms included cough, changes in taste and smell, and what Beeler calls 'COVID fog,' where patients report deficiencies in their memory.
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