CAPITAL REGION (WRGB) - - - Capital Region hospitals are doing what they can to treat the increased number of those who are ill.
We spoke with officials at St. Peter's Health Partners and Albany Medical Center Tuesday. They tell CBS6 that the peak of COVID-19 cases is starting to decline, but there's still concerns over the impact of the new variants of the virus.
Steven Hanks, Chief Clinical Officer at St. Peter's Health Partners, says getting further away from the holiday season is helping the case numbers to go down and that coordination among different hospitals around the region has been key.
We feel like we're in pretty good shape from a hospital capacity standpoint. All of us, obviously, have curtailed elective procedures. We did that a few weeks back and we saw the storm clouds on the horizon. That was a good move because we were all able to re-deploy our staff to support the increase in the number of COVID patients," replied Hanks.
Albany Medical Center tells CBS6 that they're doing well in terms of capacity. They say they're currently at 80% and would like to maintain that level so that beds are still socially distant, but not overwhelmed.