Tupelo native hopes to recover from coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, Tupelo native 80-year old Dan Ballard hopes to join those who beat the disease.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 9:29 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2020 9:17 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - As the coronavirus pandemic continues, several people are reporting that they have recovered from the disease.

Johns Hopkins University reported over 400,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus worldwide.

Tupelo native Dan Ballard hopes to join those who beat the disease. The upbeat 80-year-old was diagnosed with the coronavirus in March.

“I was feeling really bad before I went to the hospital,” said Ballard.

Once he got to the North Mississippi Medical Center with a temperature over 105 degrees, doctors diagnosed him with COVID-19.

Ballard said he took the diagnosis in stride.

“I accept things. I had it; there was nothing I could do about it,” said Ballard.

After two days in the hospital, doctors released him under strict home care guidelines

“We had to monitor his temp and I had to continue to give him the hydroxychloroquine and the Z-PACK,” said Ballard's wife Sandra.

After a few weeks of medication and quarantining, Ballard's health finally started to improve.

“I’ve been up and around and so on and so forth,” said Ballard.

Ballard was recently retested and had negative test results. In order for him to be officially cleared, he has to test negative two times within 24 hours.

He says after he receives the test results for his second test, he’ll be able to join the group of 32,000 people in the country that beat the disease.

Ballard says once he’s cleared, he plans to get back to work.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307332

Reported Deaths: 7095
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20757248
Hinds19869408
Harrison17475302
Rankin13307275
Jackson13095243
Madison9886210
Lee9854169
Jones8289160
Forrest7522146
Lauderdale7185237
Lowndes6261144
Lamar610284
Lafayette6026117
Washington5279132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4440103
Pearl River4418139
Warren4277118
Marshall4267100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4056132
Union403575
Neshoba3984176
Lincoln3869107
Hancock371985
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3177104
Scott310472
Yazoo304268
Alcorn297664
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265679
Wayne261341
Leake260973
Grenada254882
Covington254380
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237647
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182354
Stone179131
Clarke176676
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163130
Yalobusha158636
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125833
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite119941
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105332
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95126
Humphreys94332
Franklin81723
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518588

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753351487
Mobile37698798
Madison33829494
Tuscaloosa25245443
Montgomery23942565
Shelby23094238
Baldwin20617300
Lee15510165
Calhoun14277311
Morgan14137268
Etowah13660345
Marshall11952219
Houston10379278
Elmore9988200
Limestone9806147
Cullman9467188
St. Clair9422234
Lauderdale9208227
DeKalb8745181
Talladega8042171
Walker7087275
Jackson6753110
Autauga6715103
Blount6480135
Colbert6200130
Coffee5397112
Dale4766110
Russell428238
Franklin419882
Chilton4080109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3892146
Escambia387574
Dallas3526149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305475
Lawrence295295
Winston272272
Bibb256258
Marengo248561
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218675
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176741
Monroe171240
Washington163838
Macon154348
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58624
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