Father of former Maryland OL Ellis McKennie III out of hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis


The father of former Maryland offensive lineman Ellis McKennie III has been released from the hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Ellis McKennie Jr. was admitted to the hospital on March 18 after falling ill and being diagnosed with pneumonia. Doctors tested McKennie Jr. on March 21 for COVID-19 and the result was positive, which was enhancing the impact from pneumonia.

"It was an interesting situation, I was still here in College Park when he went to the hospital, so my mom and sister, just in case, started their quarantine the day he went," McKennie III told ESPN. "So I couldn't go back to the house and be with them while he was in the hospital for that two-week period. When it started to get worse, I drove up to my aunt's house, which is in the same town as where my parents live, and was there for two weeks."

Initially, McKennie III was able to talk to his father over the phone every day for the first three to four days after his father was admitted and diagnosed. His breathing eventually started to deteriorate, however, and McKennie Jr. was moved to the ICU unit on March 23.

Only a short time after that, he was put on a ventilator and put into an induced coma.

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