MARTINS FERRY — Town’s chief of police says he’s again to feeling 100 % properly after coping with a bout of COVID-19.
Chief John McFarland mentioned he had been in touch with somebody who examined optimistic for the virus, however he didn’t take a look at optimistic for the sickness straight away. A second speedy take a look at he took about eight days later was optimistic.
“Once I obtained my second speedy take a look at … all I had was a stuffy nostril, which I normally have at the moment of the yr. To my shock, the take a look at got here again optimistic for COVID,” he mentioned, noting that like many individuals, he had “labored onerous” at following social distancing suggestions.
McFarland famous he obtained each of his speedy checks at Elm Grove MedExpress.
“I examined optimistic within the morning of Saturday, January 16. That night, I began feeling discomfort throughout my physique. I by no means skilled a fever or cough. The stuffy nostril continued all through all the course of,” he mentioned.
“As the times continued, the discomfort bought worse. It felt completely different than another flu or chilly I’ve ever had. Sunday and Monday have been tough; Tuesday I began feeling higher. Then on Wednesday it felt like every little thing got here again round once more. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday I nonetheless had aches and pains however not as unhealthy.”
McFarland mentioned based mostly on COVID well being protocols, he was cleared to return to work on Jan. 25. Throughout that week he mentioned he “felt fairly good” on Monday and Tuesday morning.
“Tuesday afternoon it felt like every little thing returned. Tuesday night and into Wednesday, I felt exhausted and run down. Thursday morning I awakened feeling higher and I’ve improved day-after-day. I’d say I really feel like I’m again to 100,” he mentioned.
McFarland mentioned he by no means felt the necessity to name his household physician throughout the sickness.
“I deliberate on contacting them if I began to really feel worse. I continued with my nutritional vitamins that I take day-after-day. I checked my temperature, and I bought a pulse oximeter. I continued to examine each throughout the days I felt sick,” he mentioned. “All the things was regular with my temperature and oxygen ranges.”
As of in the present day, he mentioned, he seems like he’s again to being 100 %.
“I used to be the primary within the police division to check optimistic. Since then now we have had three extra officers take a look at optimistic. We’re doing all required quarantine suggestions. My spouse and one son had examined optimistic together with myself. I’ve two different sons who by no means had any signs, however they did quarantine,” he mentioned.
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