MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (CBS) — There was a huge celebration at Virtua Memorial Hospital Monday in Mount Holly as a COVID-19 patient was discharged after spending weeks in intensive care.
Eyewitness News has been told this patient was recently taken off a ventilator. She is now heading to a rehab facility to continue her recovery.READ MORE: Family Holds Balloon Release For 'Gentle Soul' 17-Year-Old Nasir Muhammad, Gunned Down In Front Of Mom's Home
The crowd of nurses, doctors and first responders gave her an emotional send-off.More Than 800 Baby Turtles Safe In Stockton University's Care Thanks To Quick Thinking, Little Innovation
“This means a whole lot, I’m sure to the family and to the patient, but as much to our employees, because they are working tirelessly, working under different situations than they ever had,” Virtua Memorial Hospital Senior Vice President John Kirby said. “These are the things, I think, light up their spirit and light up the whole organization.”
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About 480 were discharged Sunday and are now on the road to recovery.