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Sunrise Hospital celebrates discharging coronavirus patients

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center celebrated a milestone Saturday — the discharge to date of more than 50 COVID-19 patients.

Employees marked the occasion by clapping and cheering as patient David Reifer was pushed down a hallway and out of the Las Vegas hospital in a wheelchair. Reifer waved to the health care workers as he passed them.

Critical care hospitalist Dr. Manoj Sharma spoke to the importance of the occasion in a video statement released by the hospital.

“Here at Sunrise Hospital, just watching what these patients are going through, not only are they sick, but they’re sick alone and they haven’t seen their families for days — sometimes weeks — and to see them get better and to be able to reunite them with their family and get them home, it just means so much,” Sharma said. “It’s so uplifting.”

Statewide, 4,539 COVID-19 cases and 206 deaths have been reported as of Saturday, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Contact Julie Wootton-Greener at jgreener@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2921. Follow @julieswootton on Twitter.

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