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Second San Diego coronavirus patient discharged from hospital

Posted at 5:23 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 20:26:39-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The second San Diego patient who tested positive for novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been released.

UC San Diego Health made the announcement Monday and said the hospital is no longer caring for anyone with confirmed or possible cases of the virus.

Read the statement from the hospital’s CEO Patty Maysent below:

The last few weeks have presented numerous challenges. Our skills, strengths and stamina have been tested, and I am proud to say we met the challenges across the board, throughout our health care system and across our broader communities.

The situation was often fluid and unpredictable, and the doctors, nurses and staff of UC San Diego Health worked tirelessly to support patients in their care with compassion, dignity and respect. They have collaborated daily, sometimes hourly or by the minute, with partners and peers at San Diego County Public Health Services and the CDC.

In all ways, at all times, their unified mission was — and remains — to keep patients and the public-at-large informed, protected and safe. It is not possible to express the depth of my gratitude for their efforts, professionalism and sacrifice.

RELATED: San Diego patient who tested positive for coronavirus discharged from hospital following recovery

The first person in San Diego who tested positive for coronavirus had fully recovered and was released from the hospital on February 19.

In that case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informed the hospital of the recovery.

That individual was released after it was determined that they were no longer infectious.