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First COVID-19 patient makes recovery, released from hospital

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 14:20:17-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky's first COVID-19 patient has fully recovered and has been discharged from UK Chandler Hospital.

Starting with the good news up front, officials at UK confirmed that the patient has been sent home and is in good health. Officials also urged Kentuckians to donate blood as supplies dwindled.

The press conference was an update to talk about the University hospital's readiness for more cases of COVID-19.

UK has 945 beds in total in Chandler Hospital, with 152 beds in the hospital's isolation ward. There are also 140 ventilators, 55 of which are not in use. Officials with the hospital say they have ordered 25 more units.

An email was also sent to staff to urge them not to hoard medical supplies. Masks and gloves should be used sparingly and only as required to care for a patient.

Overall, the hospital is prepared for more cases if the situation arises. They are not testing people who are asymptomatic.