WTEN: Overnight Spike in COVID Cases Draws Concern of Second Wave

Steven Hanks, M.D., chief clinical officer for St. Peter’s Health Partners, appeared on WTEN/News10 to discuss an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Capital Region. As Dr. Hanks explained, although we are seeing a spike in cases, the mortality rate is not as high as it was during the first wave of the pandemic. He also discusses the need for the community to remain vigilant.

From the story:

“Obviously there’s no cure that’s 100 percent effective, but we’re seeing multiple drugs that, at least, we’re seeing partial help here,” Rosenberg said.

Dr. Steven Hanks at St. Peter’s Health Partners agrees with Rosenberg.

Hospitalizations have skyrocketed in Albany County. They’re the at the highest numbers since June.

At St. Peter’s, hospitalizations have risen 500 percent in the past month, but deaths from the virus have remained low.

“This is something that’s being seen globally that the mortality rate in all age groups seems to be lower now than it was at the beginning of the pandemic,” Hanks said.

Though deaths from the virus aren’t spiking, Hanks adds that should not be a reason for people to drop their defenses.

“It’s not just about protecting yourself. It’s about protecting others. Now’s not the time to become complacent,” Hanks said.

Click here to watch WTEN’s full report.

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