Yukon couple released after COVID-19 battle

They were the first admitted with coronavirus at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

Paul H. and Evelyn Bourne were the first two COVID-19 patients to require hospitalization at INTEGRIS Canadian Valley Hospital in Yukon.

The married couple came to the hospital together, both in critical condition and both requiring intubation to breathe.

Six weeks later, the hospital has good news.

“We are happy to announce that both are making progress,” according to a news release from the hospital.

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Evelyn, who was transferred to another hospital, was taken off of the ventilator Wednesday and is showing improvement. Paul is headed to INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation.

The 71-year-old spent 11 days on a ventilator, a total of 23 days in the hospital and then another 15 days in a long-term acute care facility. But Wednesday, he got one step closer to going home.