St. Peter’s Health Partners says it broke its record on Monday. Medical officials say this is a trend they expect to continue, as they know people traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday.
But there is some good news. On the whole, patients seem to be recovering at higher rates now than they were in the spring.
“We have a much smaller number of patients requiring ICU level care and a much smaller number requiring mechanical ventilation and a mortality rate, overall, lower in this fall/winter surge,” says Dr. Steven Hanks, the chief clinical officer for St. Peter’s Health Partners.
Hanks hopes the trend continues, as he anticipates the surge to bring more patients into the health care system’s hospitals.