Boston hospitals are warning patients and staff that they are in for a bumpy ride as they seek to keep their health care systems running after a major coronavirus outbreak, and that many will need to return to the hospital in the next few months.
“As a health care system, we are not expecting any sudden growth,” said Dr. Daniel Fennell, director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
“We are hoping to stay on track.
We are not seeing any sudden spike in demand, but it is something that is going to be there, and we are looking for the next step.”
In addition to the coronaviruses that have struck the region, the first two strains of the virus have already infected people in the U.S. The new strain is circulating in the Boston area and is believed to be a combination of a strain of the respiratory virus, coronaviral, and a variant of the hepatitis C virus.
The Boston area is a hotspot for the virus, with more than 2,400 confirmed cases and 2,300 deaths from the disease in the last week alone, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Fennel said that there are still about 2,000 people who are under quarantine, and many more people are in hospital beds as their condition worsens.
“The fact that we have so many people at the hospital, in the ICU, in intensive care units, it is absolutely critical that we make sure we are ready to see the full impact of this new coronavillirus strain,” he said.
While the hospitals say they are confident that they can keep patients and workers safe, there are signs that they may be at risk of losing the trust of the community if the virus spreads to the general population.
Fink said that the public has already expressed their concerns, and the public health agency is urging residents to use their common sense and stay in their homes and homes away from their loved ones, and in their cars.
“We are doing everything we can to try to get our hospitals up and running again as quickly as possible,” Fink told the Boston Globe.
Fennell said that Boston’s health care network is not alone in trying to maintain a healthy and safe system.
Hospitals across the country have had to do everything they can to protect against the coronivirus, and he pointed to California, which has experienced a string of large-scale closures as it battles the virus.
California is still dealing with the massive spread of the disease, which is now affecting nearly two dozen cities, according the California Department of Health.
The state has been forced to close its hospitals, but has also seen a resurgence in people seeking care outside of the state.
“It is just a matter of time,” Fennill said.
“If we keep going this way, we’re going to have a very large number of people that will have to return.
If they are going to stay in the state, they need to get to the state hospital, and they need medical care.”