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Bristol Health CEO tests positive for COVID-19

"The Greater Bristol community is relying on us during this outbreak. I'm confident that because of our proactive planning, that we will defeat this virus," he said.

BRISTOL, Conn. — Hospitals around the state doing what they can to keep up with the rising COVID-19 cases.

“So we have a 122 who are positive and 98 who are possible waiting for the test results if you put the numbers together it is 220 92 of them are on ventilator,” Chief Clinical Officer at Hartford Health Dr. Ajay Kumar said.

At Yale-New Haven officials say they have seen a surge in admissions in the last two weeks.

According to Dr. Steven Choi there are currently 360 patients across the Yale-New Haven Health system, 90 of them in the ICU with 70 requiring ventilation.

“We do have capacity now,” Dr. Choi said.

But hospital officials say that could very well change with the anticipated surge that can happen in April.

“There have been models showing anything from 15th of April to end of April we could see the surge,” Dr. Kumar said.

“You know our current ICU capacity, our ventilator capacity and even our general medical floor beds where non ICU patients have to go if those all become overwhelmed we have diversion plans to accommodate additional patients,” Dr. Steven Choi said.

Many hospitals around the state are still taking precautions like mandatory screening for both limited visitors and employees at Bristol.

“So every time an employee goes onto the hospital they have their temperature taken if its more than a hundred and four they have to leave and leave work,” Bristol Health Spokesperson Chris Boyle