EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include the correct location of St. Joseph Medical Center.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A big hospital in the Kansas City area is celebrating a major pandemic milestone today.
Prime Healthcare, which operates St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, announced on March 8 that they no longer have anyone in COVID-19 isolation in their intensive care unit.
The hospital has had someone in the ICU with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic in March, 2020, a spokesperson told FOX4. There were 40 patients there at the height of the pandemic.
St. Joseph Medical Center’s spokesperson said she believes that vaccines have played a pivotal role, as well as better mask wearing and hand washing.
“We have seen our cases decrease here and trend down significantly across the nation,” a spokesperson for Prime Healthcare wrote in an email.
While the hospital said that it currently has no COVID patients in isolation in its ICU, it added that has it still has some patients in the hospital. “Not having any” patients in the ICU, it said in a statement, “is a big milestone since where we started.”