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CVPH sees record COVID hospitalizations

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Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:05 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 4:25 AM EST
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Coronavirus cases are still on the rise in Clinton County, New York.

The county has 356 active cases and more than 800 people are in quarantine.

The health department is asking people to stay home unless travel is necessary.

The Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital reports a record 17 hospitalizations. The previous high was 13. Three of those in the hospital right now are in the ICU.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Wouter Rietsema says it’s alarming and the community should be concerned.

“When you see the numbers in the North Country going up and up and up, understand that the hospitalization lags. So, even if we started to see the testing positivity rate go down in the North Country, we would still see increases in hospitalizations for at least two weeks because of that. So are we concerned? Yeah, we are concerned,” Rietsema said.

The doctor says more recent cases are linked to small gatherings in peoples’ homes.

We’re told as of a few days ago, the 7-day average was nearly 8 percent. For comparison, Vermont’s is under 3 percent.

The health department says contact tracers have so many new cases, that you may not hear from them right away. Health experts say you do not need a public health order to separate yourself from others. If you tested positive or know you’ve been exposed, stay home and stay away from others.

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