Coronavirus-related hospitalizations have reached an all-time high in Onondaga County.
As of Friday, 92 people were in hospital with the virus.
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- Hospitalizations in Onondaga County hit record high
- Hospital stays linked to COVID-19 are about half the length of spring, according to the CMO of Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
- Patients are younger than spring, he says
Doctors at St Joseph’s Hospital said they learned a lot in the spring, so they’re ready for this fall push.
“We have enough resources,” said Philip Falcone, chief medical officer at St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We have enough staff. And I think right now we’re doing our best to provide excellent care.
Falcone said the hospital is caring for COVID-19 patients who are younger than the group he treated in the spring and who are staying around half the time.
“Obviously I would like to have as few patients as possible, so I want everyone to be as careful as possible, but if you have to come to the hospital, we are there to take care of you and we can handle it. Said Falcone.
In Onondaga County, hospitalizations have more than quadrupled in three weeks. On October 31, 21 people were being treated for COVID-19 at the hospital. County director Ryan McMahon said hospitals were preparing additional intensive care beds.
“Thank you my God for our frontline workers and our doctors,” McMahon said. “They treat our patients very well and very quickly, otherwise we would be much more stressed than us.”
In St. Joseph’s, there is a negative pressure COVID-19 floor that filters the air and keeps patients and staff safe. Falcone said everything was on deck to treat patients with the virus.
“I can’t be dishonest about this,” Falcone said. “It’s stressful. We are facing a time where we’ve all been through a lot. We’re trying to do our best, and it’s hard. I think you can’t ignore that.
Falcone said he worries about power surges after Thanksgiving and Christmas, so remember your actions have a ripple effect far beyond your family.