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Gaylord Hospital celebrates release of 200th COVID survivor

Monday, Mar 15, 2021

NBC Connecticut

John Kozin of New Haven thought he had a cold in early January, but within a week wound up in intensive care. On Friday, he was finally heading home.

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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare discharges 200th COVID-19 patient

Monday, Mar 15, 2021


Published: 4:50 PM EST March 12, 202

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare discharges 200th COVID-19 patient

Staff and family cheered as this SCSU employee walked out the doors.

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27-year-old Wallingford man still fighting back after having COVID-19 in the fall

Thursday, Mar 11, 2021

WTNH Channel 8
by: Lisa Carberg

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Before Nov. of 2020, Mark Zurlis enjoyed a carefree life and worked as a carpenter making custom kitchens. He got married on Nov. 7.

“We had a 100-person wedding, everybody was fine. We went to Jamaica for a honeymoon completely fine got all our tests and stuff,” says Zurlis.

He then had Thanksgiving with just six members of his family bubble and got COVID-19.


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‘You’re a miracle’: Wethersfield man released from hospital after battling COVID for months

Monday, Mar 08, 2021

by: WTNH Staff, Channel 8
Posted: Mar 5, 2021 / 08:35 PM EST

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A special moment for one Wethersfield man just released from the hospital after a months-long battle with COVID-19.

Michael DiDonato, 62, went into the hospital back in November at Saint Francis Hospital before he was transferred to Gaylord Healthcare in Wallingford back in January.

He was on a ventilator and was not expected to live. He couldn’t walk, talk, stand, or even swallow. Now he’s doing all that himself.

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Fighting COVID-19 for four months and out of the hospital. Meet “Miracle Mike”

Monday, Mar 08, 2021

Fox 61 News

Author: Jim Altman
Published: 11:53 AM EST March 8, 2021

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Michael DiDonato, a 62-year old retired attorney from Wethersfield, was wheeled out of Gaylord Hospital on Friday, and, that brief roll meant great strides for the father and husband.

DiDonato was admitted to Saint Francis Hospital on November 16 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. 

His battle against the coronavirus was intense: DiDonato spent weeks in the ICU and eight weeks on a ventilator. After showing signs of improvement, DiDonato was transferred to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford in January for more arduous months of rehab. 

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How health officials are adapting to the discovery of COVID ‘long haulers’

Thursday, Mar 04, 2021

by: Lisa Carberg

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 

(WTNH) — An estimated 30 percent of COVID survivors suffer all kinds of physical and mental health problems long after recovering. They’re called “Long Haulers.” Now healthcare systems have special post COVID clinics as they try and help them return to their lives.

We’ve been following Vic Gara, a 57-year-old Connecticut man who has really been down in many ways since being hospitalized for COVID last March and April. Like so many doctors are seeing, COVID has after-effects that wreak havoc on people’s bodies and lives long after the illness.

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C3 Clinic: Caring for COVID Patients Remotely

Thursday, Mar 04, 2021

By Ivanhoe Broadcast News on March 4, 2021Family Health Nutrition and Wellness

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — There’s new hope for the end of COVID-19 with promising new vaccines. But, in the meantime, the country is surging with record number cases. Doctors have been struggling with the best way to treat patients showing symptoms, but who don’t require hospitalization. Now one hospital in California has come up with their answer … a full-service clinic in the patient’s own home.


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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare Announces Date, Safety Plans for 2021 Gaylord Gauntlet 5K Trail and Obstacle Run

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

WALLINGFORD, CONN, March 1, 2021 — Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nonprofit rehabilitation-focused healthcare system headquartered in Wallingford, has announced plans to safely resume its annual Gaylord Gauntlet 5k Trail and Obstacle Run on June 26, 2021.

Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, proceeds from the seventh annual event will support the Gaylord Sports Association which offers adaptive sports and recreation programs to adults with physical disabilities and visual impairments at little to no cost.

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If I’m pregnant, should I get the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe?

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2021

by: Amber Diaz Posted: 

CONNECTICUT (WTNH) — New questions are arising as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across Connecticut. One of the most asked by News 8 viewers: Should you get the shot if you’re pregnant?

Pfizer is enrolling some 4,000 pregnant women to participate in its COVID vaccine trial. This after extensive analysis on animals showing the shot’s safety and efficacy.

Expectant moms were initially left out of COVID trials as a safety precaution by the FDA.


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