Dutchess hospitals confident, but prepared for potential COVID spike

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said the three hospitals in the county are concerned about a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but they are confident they are prepared for any spike in cases.

Molinaro said people must remain vigilant and careful as the virus maintains its stronghold.

“We can certainly take steps today to slow the spread of the virus and to slow the rate of growth in hospitalizations, but we should also be prepared for the likelihood that hospitalizations will increase, that cases will increase as we exist the Hanukkah holiday and begin the Christmas holiday and certainly into the early part of the new year even though vaccines are starting to be distributed and administered,” he said.

On a sad note, 215 Dutchess County residents have died from COVID-19.