Five years ago, President Bill Clinton called the outbreak an “epidemic of epic proportions.”
Today, the country is grappling with a national resurgence of the virus, as a new pandemic is sweeping through the country and the public health response has proven inadequate.
But it was not always this way.
In November of 2013, when the virus first hit the country, a group of health care workers were at the center of a viral outbreak that killed nearly 300 people.
One year later, the state of Tennessee became the epicenter of the pandemic.
The state’s public health emergency management director, a state employee named Bethany Williams, became the first in the nation to be infected with coronaviruses, a virus that causes acute respiratory infections, when she contracted the virus while treating patients at her home in Nashville.
Williams was not the first to be struck by the virus; the first person to be tested positive was a local doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
But when Williams was diagnosed with the coronaviral infection, she was put in isolation at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
Her condition worsened.
Soon after her admission, Williams was discharged from the hospital and was placed on a fast track to recovery.
Williams spent more than two weeks in isolation.
“It was really, really hard,” she told The Associated Press in October.
“But I’ve been working on my recovery.
I’ve learned to make do.
And I’m still in good shape.”
A few weeks later, Williams and her husband, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, made the decision to leave the U.S. and head to Liberia, a country at the crossroads of the global pandemic, to continue their recovery.
When the pair arrived in Liberia, Williams had already been diagnosed with severe acute respiratory syndrome.
She was rushed to a hospital where she underwent emergency surgery and received chemotherapy to fight the virus.
She returned home to Tennessee in early December, and was treated at the local hospital before being transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where she received her second dose of chemo on Jan. 10, 2014.
Williams returned home, and on Jan 13, she received a second dose, this time at Vanderbilt, where her temperature remained stable at 93.9 degrees, according to a news release from the university.
Williams and Powell were discharged from Vanderbilt the following day.
She and her family spent the next several weeks in Liberia where she recovered from her first round of chemoprevention and spent the remainder of the year in a nursing home, recovering from her second round of treatment and recovering from the chemo treatment.
“This is a wonderful story,” said Dr. Richard M. Nisbet, Vanderbilt’s director of public health.
Williams is the only patient in the U to have had a second round in treatment at Vanderbilt. “
Our health care system, with its robust, coordinated response to coronavovirus, is working to bring those who are in need of treatment home safely and quickly, and to help our country return to a level of health that is worthy of the American dream.”
Williams is the only patient in the U to have had a second round in treatment at Vanderbilt.
She is also the only Vanderbilt patient to have been released from the Tennessee hospital, according the news release.
She’s now in the intensive care unit of Vanderbilt’s Tennessee Medical Facility.
She has been in the hospital since mid-January.
Williams, a native of Memphis, Tenn., was diagnosed in May 2014 with acute respiratory infection, an illness caused by the coronivirus.
Williams said she was told by Vanderbilt that she was on a chemo regimen for the first two rounds of treatment.
The second round, which was initiated on May 17, 2014, involved two doses of chemocreatine and two doses on the second dose.
She said she received three doses in two days and was in good spirits.
“I was able to get through the second round.
I had a lot of energy,” she said.
“We’ve been going through a lot with the chemoprevisions.
They were all very supportive.
I just feel good.
I was in great spirits.”
Williams said in an interview with The Associated Post that her experience with Vanderbilt was different than what she would have had to deal with if she had been diagnosed earlier in the outbreak.
“The chemoprene treatment that I was given was in the second week of my second round,” she recalled.
“That was a lot more intense, and a lot better.”
Williams and the other Vanderbilt patients were discharged on Dec. 31, 2014 after receiving two rounds in Tennessee.
The Tennessean has confirmed Williams’ status with Vanderbilt and is working with the university to provide updates on her recovery.
She told The AP she plans to resume her work with Vanderbilt in December, with her current work schedule in