As the the number new coronavirus cases in the state reaches the apex, some hospitals in the city are seeing a similar trend.
Once considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak for the city, the city’s Elmhurst Hospital saw 13 deaths within a 24-hour period and lines of people along adjacent streets waiting for testing at the end of last month.
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Now, the hospital’s CEO says they are seeing fewer people for testing and treatment. The volume of patients is growing at a slower rate every day.
“I think that means we are starting our peak,” said Israel Rocha, CEO of Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. “That means very soon here in Elmhurst in Queens we will start our trajectory down and that means our community is on the road to recovering from COVID-19.”
Staten Island has taken over the Bronx for the highest rate of cases per 100,000 people, according to health officials. That could be caused by the state’s efforts to increase testing.
The executive director of Staten Island University Hospital says they are seeing a leveling off in the number of new cases. Between the two campuses, Dr. Brahim Ardolic says they get around 60 new patients related to the coronavirus a day.
“Initially, what we were seeing was that the numbers of people every day was exponentially rising,” Ardolic explained. “That has kind of started to flatten out where we are kind of seeing, thankfully, more people recovering and are ready to go home and wonderful success stories. And also, sadly, we are seeing some of the patients who are originally came in and were critically ill are not making it.”
With a growing number of discharges combined with a leveling off of new cases, Arodolic says the hospital’s capacity is good. SIUH is busy but not running out of space or resources. The hospital expanded capacity to provide about 540 beds, he says.