Public health expert: Don’t oversimplify hospitalization data as good, bad in Finger Lakes

The number of hospitalizations is up, but what does that mean?

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been swift and calculated, at least from state and local lawmakers perspective.

Now though, as testing increases – so has the number of individuals in local hospitals.

Dr. Michael Mendoza says the region is doing more testing more people who are in nursing homes and hospitals – as well as those who are presumed positive. Mendoza leads public health efforts in Monroe County, which is at the head of the table for the Finger Lakes region.

The region needs to stay below 14.8 new hospitalizations per three-day average to continue reopening.

“I think we need to be vigilant,” he said. “We see signs that are reassuring every day, and we see signs that are concerning every day, and I think it’s oversimplifying to say right or wrong. I think we’ve got to be thoughtful about how we look at these numbers.”

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