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Analyzing the Escalation of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in New York’s Capital Region

Kassandra Foley, who holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and is a certified Infection Preventionist, is the Regional Director of Infection Prevention at Trinity Health New York.

In her recent interview with WTEN/News10, she addressed the ongoing increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Capital Region, including at notable healthcare institutions such as St. Peter’s and Samaritan hospitals. Over the course of a single week, Albany County witnessed a 200 percent rise in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Similarly, Rensselaer county’s hospital admission rates due to COVID-19 have been escalating. These counties fall under the ‘medium’ level category concerning COVID-19 hospital admissions. This rise in hospitalizations is not unique to these localities, but mirrors the overarching trend observed across the country.

In related news, St. Peter’s Health Partners (SPHP) have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the ‘Best Hospitals’. Also, two of SPHP’s hospitals were the recipients of national acclaim for their exceptional stroke care. The organization is also unique within the Capital Region for its accredited Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

In addition, an SPHP nurse has been internationally recognized for their contributions in the field of Nursing. Furthermore, in wake of the escalating hospitalizations, it is worth noting that upstate hospitals are lapsing into a sigh of relief as they are due to receive $1B funding through the introduction of new Medicare rules.


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