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Local virus victim discharged from hospital

LOCK HAVEN — “She’s home. She’s up in bed sleeping,” Daryl Clements said Friday afternoon when The Express called to see how his wife Laurie was doing.

Laurie was diagnosed with coronavirus last week and spent a week in UPMC Lock Haven Hospital, suffering from serious pain and using oxygen to help her breathe.

Her return home was the best news, according to Daryl, who said her condition was very serious and she came close to being hooked up to a ventilator.

The news by doctors Friday morning that Laurie could go home to continue recuperating, followed another bit of good news for Daryl — He was tested Wednesday for the virus and the results were negative.

You could hear relief in Daryl’s voice as he talked about his wife’s release from the hospital and his test results.

As he has since his wife became sick, Daryl emphasized the need for everyone to take this virus seriously and follow recommendations of washing hands, wearing masks, staying at home and social distancing.

Daryl said his family was following all those guidelines and she still got it.

“We have no idea where she got it,” he said.

Daryl said Laurie is being isolated at home and taking breathing treatments to continue to clear her lungs.

“It’s good to have her home,” he said, thanking all those who prayed for her during a fearful time.

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