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Apex man stuck at home while wife is in ICU with coronavirus

Health officials release new numbers of positive COVID-19 patients every day, and behind every number, there is a name and a family praying for recovery.

In Apex, John Bartholomew is stuck at home while his wife, Kathy, is on a ventilator in intensive care after testing positive for the new coronavirus.

"I just miss hugging her," John said. "When they took her to the ER, I didn't even get to say goodbye."

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Kathy Bartholomew, 62, had not traveled nor had she knowingly been in contact with someone who had COVID-19. In fact, her exposure is a complete mystery to her family.

"Her friend came down with it on Thursday and Kathy came down with it on Friday, so there's a chance her and her friend - both positive - were in the same place at the same time," John said. "But her friend is doing well and no longer has a fever."

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