Oneida County, on Thursday, experienced a day of single-digit Covid-related hospitalizations, at nine.
"They've been going down steadily for better than a week now, which is great news," says Oneida County Director of Public Health, Dan Gilmore.
Gilmore says part of the reason is the age of those currently contracting the virus in the county.
"Older adults, I should say, are not the people necessarily becoming infected with Covid as much any more. Some certainly are, but it's more the younger people from the late 30s and younger that are the cases popping up every day that we see come across our desk," says Gilmore. "So we're getting younger people, presumably healthier and more robust, and they're not requiring hospitalization stays. They're quarantining, isolating at home and they're recovering with minimal medical interventon."
Officials at MVHS can remember a much different time.
"When we initally talked in the spring and we thought, 'wow, if it gets up to about 50 patients, that's really gonna be hard. That's really gonna be a big drain on our resources.' And none of us at that point anticipated that we would get to almost 250 patients," says Director of Infection Prevention, Sarah Deming.
The reduced numbers have changed the health system's Covid unit configuration.
"At the peak of the pandemic, we had several units at each campus that were specifically dedicated to Covid," says Deming. "We have backed that down to...we still have one dedicated unit at each campus."
There is relief, but realism, at MVHS.
"Covid's not gone. It's definitely still out there, so I don't want to be lulled into a false sense of security," says Deming.