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The COVID-19 Fight Continues At Flagstaff Medical Center

pic courtesy of Northern Arizona Health Care
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There’s new information on the COVID-19 front from Northern Arizona Healthcare. Employees at both Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center continue the fight against the coronavirus. Officials say the majority of coronavirus positive patients they treat are from out of town, most coming from the Navajo Nation. Officials say the Navajo Nation is now increasing cases of COVID-19, per capita, than New York. The average stay at FMC for a COVID-19 positive patient is just over a week. If they are in intensive care, the average is eight days and if they have to be on a ventilator it’s over nine days. FMC is starting to see patients who have been on a ventilator come off the machine and start to recover, with one patient even being released from the hospital recently. Doctors are starting to work with drug treatments, such as hydroxychloroquine and others, to treat patients. Officials say they are also working with Coconino County to possibly start plasma treatments soon and they are trying to identify COVID-19 patients who have recovered. There have been 31 COVID-19 related deaths at FMC, with others pending results. The hospital still needs donations of masks, gowns and more. If you would like to donate items in need, contact Northern Arizona Health Care at (928) 773-2301.