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'He turned a corner' -- Virginia hospital sends home first COVID-19 patient

Posted at 8:22 PM, Apr 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-04 20:22:39-04

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. -- Doctors and nurses at a Spotsylvania hospital recently celebrated the release of the county's first COVID-19 patient. 

Video shows staffers at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center sending off the man, who is holding balloons and a poster stating: you're going down in history.

A nurse who cared for the man said there were "days it did not look like he was going to recover -- and then he turned a corner."

A hospital spokesperson said patient and his family have become part of their family and they are excited for the next step in his recovery.

Eighteen people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Spotsylvania County as of Saturday morning, according to Virginia Department of Health data.

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