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MVHS braces for surge in downstate coronavirus patients

MVHS officials on Tuesday had a conversation with Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, which highlighted the magnitude of the potential threat of the coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 5:36 PM
Updated: Mar 25, 2020 9:16 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- MVHS officials on Tuesday had a conversation with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, which highlighted the magnitude of the potential threat of the coronavirus.

"It was a very sobering conversation. The number of positive covid 19 patients doubles in New York almost every three days," said MVHS President & CEO, Darlene Stromstad.

MVHS is making sweeping and drastic changes to accomodate an anticipated surge of sick coronavirus patients from downstate. The governor has required all hospitals to increase bed capacity by at least 50% and ideally, 100%. MVHS officials say they can hit 100% at St. Luke's in about nine weeks, going from 173 beds to 346.

"We have already ordered, I think, 270 beds, working with the Mohawk Valley Hospital Supply Co. to expedite delivery of these beds. We are taking rooms that have mothballed for years or used as offices to transition them to patient rooms," says Stromstad, adding that they've also moved some of their own patients to accomodate anticipated coronavirus patients.

"We have also closed down our inpatient pediatric unit because we are going to be using that space for our surge plan," said Stromstad. "We had very few pediatric patients. Very few. So for the time being we are gonna turn those into adult beds and children will go to Syracuse."

Stromstad says the coronavirus patients won't be in one hospital in particular. She doesn't know when the patients will come, or in what order hospitals outside NYC will get them.

"It possible they'll send some to Albany before us, and then their capacity increases, they'll send more, ours increases, they'll give us more but we really don't know. We just have to be prepared."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1973308

Reported Deaths: 51350
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Kings2611819909
Queens2604189526
Suffolk1913793303
Nassau1753923102
Bronx1731096365
New York1303844306
Westchester1245352236
Erie805561689
Richmond698671740
Monroe599441033
Orange45583782
Rockland45345941
Onondaga35576660
Dutchess27616433
Albany23409343
Oneida21291497
Niagara17888332
Broome17175348
Saratoga14222160
Ulster12835241
Schenectady12289192
Rensselaer10526136
Putnam1007991
Chautauqua8256132
Chemung7068133
Oswego690990
Ontario676591
Steuben6212141
St. Lawrence613794
Sullivan603268
Cayuga581090
Jefferson540863
Wayne515467
Cattaraugus506880
Genesee5014121
Herkimer4883107
Clinton447232
Madison425785
Tompkins401949
Fulton399786
Livingston394358
Montgomery3842114
Columbia380399
Cortland351560
Warren333756
Tioga333358
Wyoming321751
Allegany314183
Otsego313646
Greene308174
Chenango303173
Washington281355
Orleans271683
Lewis242333
Franklin237512
Delaware211936
Seneca185356
Schoharie152015
Essex148926
Yates109826
Schuyler97913
Hamilton3002
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