After five nights hospitalized with COVID-19, KFAN producer Zach Halverson was discharged Wednesday and taken home where he'll continue to recover from severe symptoms from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Halverson's father, Brian Halverson, who also tested positive for COVID-19, provided an update about Zach and his wife Kathy, who as of Wednesday night was still hospitalized because of the virus.
Zach will continue to recover at home, though he was discharged from hospital care with "a couple of different oxygen tanks and a bunch of meds," according to his father, who noted that Zach will have to consistently monitor his oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate and temperature. He'll also have video calls with a nurse and a nurse who will check on him at home daily.
Kathy Halverson was expected to remain in the hospital through at least Thursday, Brian said, because "she continues to battle a severe cough which is making it difficult for her to get the rest she needs to continue her recovery."
Zach Halverson and his parents 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, Sept. 4," the online fundraising campaign says.
After arriving at the hospital, Zach was admitted last Friday night. Doctors found a blood clot in one of his lungs, in addition to COVID-19-induced pneumonia.
Zach 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.
The GoFundMe says doctors have informed Zach that it could take him months to recover. According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms that linger over time include:
- Shortness of breath
- Joint pain