16 days on a ventilator: the first Adams County resident to test positive for coronavirus speaks out

By: 
Jaylynn Andrews
Staff Writer

By JAYLYNN ANDREWS
Decatur Daily Democrat

    It was March 1 when Decatur native Wally Gregg first noticed symptoms of COVID-19. He had just finished moving the rest of his 91-year-old father’s furniture into the Woodcrest assisted living facility when his wife Linda turned to him and said, “You’re looking a little pale.”
    At the time, Wally felt fine — but three hours later, he had a fever which would fluctuate between 99.5 degrees and103 degrees over the next week. When Wally visited Stat Care at Adams Memorial Hospital, his symptoms were treated as a common case of influenza; he was told to rest at home until the fever went away.
    A week passed, and Wally’s symptoms never lessened. By March 8, he’d made no progress fighting the fever on his own and returned to the hospital. After x-rays and a CAT scan turned up troubling signs, hospital staff decided to admit Wally for further observation.
    The next few days passed in a blur of information and fast-changing events. While Wally was hospitalized, Linda learned that a Fort Wayne coworker of Wally’s had recently returned from a conference in Jacksonville, Florida — and was now hospitalized as well with COVID-19. This coworker was the first confirmed case in Noble County, just as Wally would soon become the first in Adams County.

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