Updated: June 14, 2021 05:19 PM
Created: June 14, 2021 04:44 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Regional Health is celebrating a big win against coronavirus.
In a Zoom meeting Monday afternoon, Rochester Regional officials reported there are no active COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Rochester General Hospital or Unity Hospital.
Rochester Regional Public Relations Advisor Veronica R. Chiesi Brown said ICU numbers peaked on Dec. 27, 2020, with 480 COVID-19 patients in the ICUs of the health system’s five hospitals.
The head of ICU at Unity, Dr. Jake Lyons, said the last COVID-19 patient there was able to leave intensive care last Thursday and workers circulated text messages cheering over it.
"We were better at managing some of the complications that COVID would have on the patients, but a large component in my opinion is the vaccinations,” Lyons said. “I cannot recall having one patient in our ICU that was vaccinated, and it was very hard to hear folks come in who had active COVID cases over the last month or so and hear that they didn't get the vaccinations."
For a while there, Unity had 40 patients in intensive care, 28 of them with COVID-19, and the entire unit technically only has room for a total of 20.
Chiesi Brown clarified that some patients who are being treated for lasting effects from a COVID-19 infection may still be in the ICU, but there are no active cases in the ICU.
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