UPMC Says COVID-19 Not As Severe As Cases Rise

Doctors say the number of cases is still within manageable levels

Joe DeStio
July 09, 2020 - 2:59 pm

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    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - UPMC says it has seen an increase in hospitalizations as the number of COVID-19 cases rise in the Pittsburgh area.

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    Officials say the increase is well within manageable levels

    UPMC’s Director of Infection Protection Dr. Graham Snyder told reporters during an online news conference, “While the absolute number of these hospitalizations is up a bit, the rate of hospitalization has not kept pace with the rate of growth of positive test cases that we’re seeing.”

    Currently just over 2 percent of all UPMC beds are devoted to coronavirus, and those cases are not as severe, meaning many do not require the use of a ventilator.

    “We’re also not seeing the same mortality that we were seen in the spring at the emergence of the epidemic or in any of the community’s that UPMC serves nor in the numbers that were seen by the county or state,” said Dr. Snyder.

    He adds there is some evidence more humidity may decrease the virus’s transmission.

    UPMC says its testing also backs up what county and state officials are seeing, that more young people who have traveled or socialized without masks and distancing are getting infected with COVID-19

    UPMC doctors also say it is important to wear a mask and practice social distancing to keep the pandemic from getting worse in the area. 

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