New COVID-19 hospital admissions remain low, a welcome sight for CT facilities

The infection rate for Connecticut remained between 1.5% and 2% Friday while the number of new hospitalizations remained low again for a second straight day.

News 12 Staff

Oct 3, 2020, 2:13 AM

Updated 1,349 days ago

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The infection rate for Connecticut remained between 1.5% and 2% Friday while the number of new hospitalizations remained low again for a second straight day.
The leveling off in new admissions is welcome news for local hospitals, but officials say they're ready to care for more COVID-19 patients if needed.
Dr. Rockman Ferrigno, the chairman of emergency medicine at Bridgeport Hospital, says almost 70% of their patients were there for COVID-19 in April.
That number is now 1.5% - with seven people hospitalized. Still, he is keeping a close on a possible second wave.
"We have a lot of work being done to procure masks, drapes, goggles, gloves…That was something we just didn't have a lot of before," he says.
The doctor told News 12 that the hospital is safe and anyone experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms has private rooms.
Over at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Dr. Corina Marcu says in the spring, they treated 550 COVID-19 patients, with their peak being in April with 150 patients in-house. On Friday, that number was down to one
Marcu says the hospital is using predictive analytics and making sure they have all the supplies in hand ready for a potential surge.
"We're looking at our space, ICU space and medical floor space," says Marcu. "You're looking at ventilator support, you're looking at medications, you're looking at the PPE."
Hartford Health Care has a total of 576 mobile testing sites across the state.


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