At a time when the coronavirus case numbers continue to climb, we are happy to pass along the encouraging news that Kartemquin’s co-founder, Gordon Quinn continues to improve. On March 20th Reel Chicago reported that Quinn was admitted to the ER at Northwestern Hospital for symptoms of coronavirus and shortly after was transferred to ICU and put on a ventilator because he couldn’t breathe.
They suspect that Quinn caught the virus while at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne. He had been sick for a week and had difficulty finding a COVID-19 test.
Quinn’s wife, Meg Gerkin is healthy at home after a period of self-isolation. She has been keeping us informed by written statements on Gordon’s Caring Bridge page where you can visit for updates and to show your support.
A report on April 7th announced the good news that a Gordon was off the ventilator and had moved out of ICU.
Known for his trademark white socks, Quinn appears to have his sense of humor back, as he complained that there were no white socks in the hospital.
From the most recent update on April 9th:
“Each day gets even better. Gordon reported via email this morning that the current therapy routine includes practicing putting socks on, but they have no white socks at the hospital!!! Qué horror!“
The US statistics show 533,502 cases of COVID-19 in the US and 20,550 deaths. The State of Illinois with 19,180 cases continues to be on a shelter-in-place order through the end of April which requires that residents stay in their homes in order to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus.