Government Relations Vet Chris Ortman Out of Hospital

Chris Ortman exits hospital in battle with COVID (Image credit: N/A)

Veteran government relations executive Chris Ortman said he has been released from the hospital after a bout with COVID-19.

Ortman had been battling what he said were more than mild COVID symptoms for 10 days but after waking up "in a confused state" and at the urging of his wife, he got a virtual consultation, he said, and was directed to the ER.

On Friday (Aug. 6), Ortman, executive VP of D.C. government relations shop Signal Group DC, tweeted a picture of himself leaving Suburban Hospital in the DC suburb of Bethesda, Maryland, after what he said was a five-day stay to recover from COVID pneumonia.

Ortman, former senior VP of communications for the Motion Picture Association, chronicled his ordeal on Twitter. He said he was "grateful for all the nurses, ER personnel and doctors who got me back on my feet," adding: "Living on tube-supplied oxygen is no fun."

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.