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Woman, 93, leaves CMC after full recovery from COVID-19

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Yesterday was a special day at Cayuga Medical Center, after 93-year-old Margaret Melens left the hospital fully recovered from a COVID-19 diagnosis that kept her there for six weeks.

Melens, of Horseheads, NY, was admitted on April 14 and returned yesterday to her daughter’s home with CMC staff cheering and applauding her send-off.

“I would like to recognize our doctors, nurses, and everyone that cared for Ms. Melens over the past 43 days,” said Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “This story is unique, and it is with great pleasure that we were able to celebrate her recovery today. It provides us all with a wonderful feeling of hope during this pandemic.”


(Cayuga Health photo)


Among those thinking of Melens during her recovery were her 17 grandchildren and several other great, and great-great-grandchildren.

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.

They will be housing an additional Rheonix testing device, 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.

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