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St. Mark’s Hospital celebrates day without COVID in-patients

May 19, 2021, 7:44 PM
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St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City (Mountainstar Healthcare)
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St. Mark’s Hospital celebrated a full day with no COVID-19 in-patients on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. It was the first time in 431 days the hospital did not have a patient admitted for that disease. 

St. Mark’s marking a COVID milestone

Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Ashlyn Hall was excited to see how things are improving in the community. She says caring for patients in full protective gear has been a burden as staff interacted with patients, and it’s great to see family members able to visit their loved ones again.

That doesn’t mean the hospital has fewer patients overall. She says the pandemic was rough even on people who didn’t get coronavirus.

“People that could have been caring for their chronic problems maybe didn’t do as well in the last year, and so we’re seeing that downstream,” Hall told KSL NewsRadio.

The Utah Department of Health reported 136 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday. 16,597 people have been hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak.

“We’re just encouraged by the trajectory we’re seeing right now and we hope to continue that trend,” Hall said.

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How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus

COVID-19 coronavirus spreads person to person, similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don’t touch your face.
  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others per CDC recommendations.
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet).
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities).
  • Obtain a flu shot.
  • Seek out the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local resources

KSL Coronavirus Q&A 

Utah’s Coronavirus Information 

Utah State Board of Education

Utah Hospital Association

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization

Cases in the United States

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St. Mark’s Hospital celebrates day without COVID in-patients