A little over a week after developing symptoms that turned out to be a confirmed case of COVID-19, KFAN radio's Zach Halverson is now hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Halverson and his parents, Brian and Kathy Halverson, all came down with symptoms around the same time, Halverson said during an appearance on KFAN's Power Trip Morning Show last Wednesday. Two days later Zach and Kathy were hospitalized, according to a GoFundMe organized for his family.
"After almost a week of nausea, fever, diarrhea, and shortness of breath,
Zach completely lost his breath just walking up the stairs the morning of Friday, September 4th," the online fundraising campaign says.
"Brian, still recovering from the disease himself, rushed Zach to the emergency room at United Hospital. After a chest x-ray, it was revealed that Zach also had a blood clot in his lungs, in addition to COVID induced pneumonia."
After bringing Zach to the hospital, Brian returned home to find Kathy struggling with severe symptoms, including nausea, fever, cough and shortness of breath. Brian then brought his wife to the hospital, where she was admitted.
Zach Halverson began experiencing symptoms the night of Friday, Aug. 28. He got tested the next day and received confirmation that he had the disease last Wednesday, at which point he immediately informed everyone he'd been in contact with at the radio station, including seven people who were in the studio with him Aug. 28.
As of last Wednesday, most of the Power Trip regulars were required to broadcast the show from home as they observe a 14-day quarantine that should end this Friday.
"It's been up and down. I started feeling symptoms Friday night and Saturday was when everything really got serious," Halverson said last Wednesday.
"I turned a corner I thought on Sunday, but every time I've turned a corner I somehow find a way to get even worse. It's been really rough with the fever, the nausea, the dizziness...it's been almost impossible to sleep at night."
Two days later he was hospitalized, and the GoFundMe story says doctors have informed Zach that it could take him months to recover, and that he'll likely need to continue oxygen and home nursing care.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common signs and symptoms that linger over time include:
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain
The GoFundMe says the Halverson family has already suffered through financial hardship because of the pandemic. Kathy, a hairdresser, was out of work for months during the statewide shutdown. Zach is a part-time producer at KFAN.
"With the certain loss of income from this disease, and impending medical bills on the horizon, which insurance will not fully cover, please consider helping out his family, in their urgent time of need. Any amount of donation would be greatly appreciated," the fundraiser explains.