Racine woman thanks staff at Alternate Care Facility with Kringle and sandwiches

Posted at 10:40 PM, Dec 20, 2020

WEST ALLIS — A Racine woman will get to enjoy a healthy Christmas at home with her family she says thanks to the care she received at the Alternate Care Facility at State Fair Park.

The Alternate Care Facility is currently treating five patients. Since it opened, it has treated 168 people, including Jenny Alton.

The first week of December, Alton says she felt mostly fine when she tested positive for COVID-19.

"Friday I was positive, by Wednesday I had COVID pneumonia," Alton said.

Two days later she says she was too weak to get out of bed, so she went to the emergency room. That's where doctors told her she would be a good candidate for the ACF.

Like many other patients, she went by ambulance and arrived to find a team of health workers waiting to help.

"When I walked in, they greeted me, they put me at ease, right away that I knew I was going to be ok," Alton said.

She admits she was scared to go at first—she didn't get to say goodbye to her family. But she says the staff made her feel at home.

Alton felt she had to thank them in some way, so she and her husband brought them Jimmy John's and Kringle.

"They’re outstanding there, everybody," Alton said. "I had Jerry, who was the social worker, every time he passed by, all he saw was, he had this bottle of water, and always made sure I had enough to drink."

Alton says all of her food was catered by Saz's, and she FaceTimed her husband to show him. She was there for four days and says she got three doses of Remdesivir.

Alton says her husband, her kids and her parents all got the virus, too. But somehow she got it the worst, even with masking and social distancing. So she's grateful everyone in her family is healthy this holiday.

"It's going to be a very good Christmas knowing that we're okAY now for a while, we're safe," Alton said.

On Tuesday the ACF will begin administering infusion treatments to help prevent Covid-19 patients from having to be hospitalized.

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