First US Patient With Coronavirus Leaves Hospital

By The Associated Press

The man who became the first U.S. patient infected with the coronavirus from China has left the hospital and said that he is getting better and looking forward to life returning to normal, according to a statement from the man provided to The Associated Press on Feb. 3.

The 35-year-old man thanked his doctors, nurses, and other staff at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle, according to the statement.

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Robin Addison, a nurse in the Emergency Department at Providence Regional Medical Center, with a protective helmet and face shield in Everett, Wash., on Jan. 23, 2020. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

The unidentified man fell sick after returning home from a visit to China and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 20. He was still there as of last Friday and is now in isolation at home, monitored by officials with the Snohomish Health District in coordination with the hospital.

“I am at home and continuing to get better,” the man said. “I ask that the media please respect my privacy and my desire not to be in the public eye.”

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The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in an illustration photo. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

The man added in the statement, “I appreciate all of the concern expressed by members of the public, and I look forward to returning to my normal life.”

The hospital has been coordinating with U.S., state, and local health officials about the man’s care.

The hospital declined to provide information about when he was discharged or the process of his discharge from the hospital.

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Sarah Wilkerson, manager of infection prevention at Providence Regional Medical Center, poses for a photo holding a binder of policies and procedures for treating highly infectious patients in Everett, Wash., on Jan. 23, 2020. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

By Carla K. Johnson