TidalHealth sees uptick in COVID-19 cases, but says cases are less severe

SALISBURY, Md. – TidalHealth in Salisbury says the hospital is experiencing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases. But doctors say they aren’t as severe as they were in the beginning of the pandemic. “We have about 20 patients in house. They’ve been pretty consistent since June. We had a big dip where it actually dropped through July. Through August and September and now October we’re seeing definitely a steady flow of COVID patients,” said Dr. Chris Snyder.

Dr. Snyder says that recently, COVID-19 patients are leaving the hospital between five and seven days after they arrive. “It actually is really good news. I think it means the community is starting to tolerate the virus. But I still think it will get some people fairly sick,” said Dr. Snyder.

Dr. Snyder says that although this is good news, now is not the time to get complacent with the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m not sure we’re going to have a wave. I think we’re going to have a consistent pattern of patients. COVID’s not going away. It’s a friend for life, much like polio or many of the other diseases we’ve experienced in the last 50 to 100 years,” said Dr. Snyder.

Dr. Snyder adds that he wants people to remember that they shouldn’t be scared of going to the hospital. He says that TidalHealth is able to treat those who are visiting for non-COVID-19 illness or injury will be kept safe and healthy during their stay.

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