SOUTHAMPTON, NY — Front line heroes rejoiced this week as, for the first time since March, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital reported no confirmed coronavirus admissions — and no patients suspected of having COVID-19, officials said.
Hospital staff also celebrated the discharge of a recovered COVID-19 patient following 120 days of hospitalization; the woman spent four weeks on a ventilator. Hospital staff gathered for a heartfelt clap-out as the woman, waving and with flowers in her hands, headed home.
“As of this morning, Friday, July 31, we have no confirmed COVID admitted patients in our hospital and no admitted patients under investigation for COVID-19,” Robert S. Chaloner, chief administrative officer at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, said. “This is a significant milestone in our fight against the coronavirus and is a result of the excellent care provided by our medical staff and healthcare workers.”
The hospital continues to test all admitted patients for COVID-19, he added. “We request that all our East End communities continue to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing face masks, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing.”
The hospital is preparing for the potential of a second surge of COVID admissions in the fall, Chaloner said.