A glimmer of hope was found this week at Cayuga Medical Center with the release of two senior COVID patients expected to fully recover after extended hospitalizations.
Discharged yesterday after nearly two months was 71-year-old Joan Murphy, of Ithaca, who first checked herself in with symptoms back on March 3.
“I came to this hospital very sick. What I couldn’t do for myself, they (CMC staff) did for me,” said Murphy. “My son, who lives in Connecticut, is very relieved, and my brothers and sisters from all over the country were rooting for me.” Once again, much like earlier this week, the staff at CMC gave a warm send-off with well wishes and applause.”
As she left, Murphy was met with applause and cheering from Cayuga Med staff, similar to what happened when 93-year-old Margaret Melens of Horseheads left on Tuesday after about six weeks of care.
“Ms. Murphy had a long and tough battle, and was extremely determined to beat coronavirus,” said Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “It was through her strong will and with the managed coordinated care of our doctors, nurses and therapists, that we were able to send her home today.
Cayuga Health offers two drive through testing centers and partnered with Ithaca based Rheonix in April to provide same day testing services to frontline workers.
An additional Rheonix testing device is also being purchased by Tompkins County, which will allow increased daily capacity to thousands of COVID-19 tests, potentially around 4,000 tests per day and a four-hour turnaround.