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Chicago's beloved 'Tamale Guy' heading home after month-long battle with COVID-19

28 days ago   |   By WGN TV

CHICAGO - Chicago's beloved “Tamale Guy” got quite the send-off Thursday afternoon after he was discharged from the hospital following a long battle with COVID-19.
Claudio Velez received a standing ovation from dozens of nurses and medical staff at Rush University Medical Center who lined the hallway to say goodbye as he headed home after more than a month in the hospital.
“Chicago thank you so much; I love you so much, thank you,” Velez said.
Velez tested positive for the virus at the end of August , and his health quickly started to decline. He went to the ICU at Rush, where he was put...
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Chicago ‘Tamale Guy' Claudio Velez discharged from hospital after more than a month due to COVID-19

Chicago ‘Tamale Guy' Claudio Velez discharged from hospital after more than a month due to COVID-19

29 days ago   |   By Chicago Tribune

“I'm not the only nurse who had his tamales out at night. We were all reminiscing about how delicious they were, and also how heartbreaking it was..."
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