New ribbon display at Carilion Roanoke Memorial honors coronavirus survivors


(Photo: Courtesy Carilion Clinic)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Carilion Clinic has found 3,339 reasons to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel following more than a year of challenges amid the pandemic.

Health officials say 3,339 hospitalized coronavirus patients have returned home from Carilion hospitals since March 2020 because of healthcare workers’ dedication.

In order to honor these COVID-19 survivors, Carilion says a new display case containing 3,339 blue ribbons was unveiled last week in the lobby of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

“Each ribbon visually represents a COVID-19 hospitalized patient survivor and the dedication and commitment of clinical teams as they came together and rallied in the fight against COVID-19,” Carilion Clinic said in a statement on Friday, June 18.

(Photo: Courtesy Carilion Clinic)

When a patient at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is discharged from their virus care, health officials say a member of their care team will give the patient a ribbon, they will walk together to the display box, and the patient will drop the ribbon in the box.

“As sad as this pandemic has been with the loss of people from our community, we can’t forget the number of folks who fought right along with us,” Sandy Harris, nursing senior director, said. “To see those patients go home after their battle was amazing.”

The discharge numbers on the signs near the box will reportedly be updated on a weekly basis to show the current totals. In addition, lobby screen artwork at Carilion’s six other community hospitals shows the number of unique virus discharges for each facility.

Healthcare providers encourage community members to continue to do their part by getting the COVID-19 vaccine from local health districts or pharmacies to prevent additional spread of the virus.

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