‘We are completely relying on God’: Pastor Conway says his wife was diagnosed with COVID-19 | Covid-19 coverage


On Tuesday morning, Pastor Kim Strong of Trinity United Methodist Church in Conway took his wife Margo to the hospital.

They thought she had the flu, but they were wrong.

“She is in isolation in the hospital with what doctors told us to be COVID-19,” Kim Strong said Wednesday, referring to the illness caused by the coronavirus. “She’ll likely be isolated for the rest of the week.”

He said his vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate were good.

“I arrived with my wife this morning; she is extremely tired, ”said the pastor. “She thinks it’s because her oxygen level isn’t where it was yesterday.”

Both had been feeling sick for about a week, and they thought it was just the flu.

“Yesterday morning she woke up and told me she thought she was dying and needed to go to the hospital and I took her there immediately,” Strong said.

Doctors at McLeod Seacoast Hospital performed tests and found a blood clot, viral pneumonia, sepsis and suspected COVID-19. Strong said they both thought they got the flu from a member of their church. But he said when they tested Margo Strong for the flu, she didn’t have it. That’s when they knew they were in trouble.

“Since we have absolutely no idea how sick we are, this is one of the questions my wife asked me yesterday: ‘Where in the world did we have this? Strong said. “Because we don’t know anyone who is a carrier of this virus. This is the scary part of this virus. “

Strong is also in self-quarantine, suspecting he also has the virus.

“I told them yesterday, if she had it, then I had to have it,” he said. “I don’t feel 100% yet, but it hasn’t attacked my lungs like it did my wife. And why? I’ve no idea. I wish they’d let me stay in the hospital with my wife.

Before Strong took his wife to hospital, he said they tried to go to Little River and North Myrtle Beach medical centers, but were turned away because of the symptoms. of his wife were compatible with COVID-19. Hospitals and other medical facilities generally prevent anyone with such symptoms from entering their buildings for fear of spreading the virus.

Strong said they had also tried telehealth options recommended by SC’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

“The problem was, we couldn’t get any of them to answer the video calls,” Strong said. “I guess the demand has something to do with it. But if we could have seen someone last Saturday, I don’t think my wife would be as she is today.

The couple have two children, one in Charleston and one in Spartanburg. The eldest, in Spartanburg, was on display during the couple’s recent visit to see him. He is now in self-quarantine.

While hospitals have advised people with symptoms of COVID-19 not to go to the hospital and use telehealth options first, Strong has had no chance to come into contact with whom whatever and added, “If you have any doubts, go to the hospital and practice quarantine.” “

Strong has been a minister for 41 years and has preached statewide. He said all of his past churches included him and his wife on their prayer lists.

“We are fully relying on God today,” he said.

As of Wednesday morning, DHEC reported 47 cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina in 13 counties, including four in Horry County. These figures do not include Margo Strong, whose diagnosis will need to be confirmed by DHEC and released later.

“Based on her consent, we can confirm that Ms. Margo Strong is a patent at McLeod Health Seacoast Hospital,” said hospital spokesperson Kelly Hughes. Ms. Strong followed CDC guidelines for testing for COVID-19 and was tested. It may take 72 to 92 hours for test results to be received. At this time, we have not received her results. test and do not have a confirmation of a positive COVID-19 patient at one of our McLeod Health hospitals. We wish Ms. Strong a speedy and full recovery. “

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people practice social distancing, avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people, restrict movement and wash their hands frequently to slow the spread of the virus, which is more likely affect older people with weaker immune systems. .

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