URMC staff on COVID-19 situation

Updated: January 08, 2021 11:14 PM
Created: January 08, 2021 07:36 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The head of the emergency department at Strong Memorial Hospital said if you spent a day in the emergency room, you would get a real sense of how bad COVID-19 is right now.

The doctor and the leader of critical care nursing spoke to News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean.

Brean: Give our viewers an honest sense of what it's like in the emergency department right now. 

Dr. Andea Miglani, Strong ED: The emergency department is always chaotic. I think right now, more than ever it is more packed. 

Andrea Miglani is the director of emergency medicine at Strong. Kate Valcin runs nursing in the ICU. 

Valcin: I think if you came into the ICU I think what you would be struck with is the noise and the way that it is controlled chaos. 

Brean: What kind of noise are you talking about? 

Valcin: So I think you would hear lots of pumps beeping. We communicate using walkie-talkies so there's a lot of squawking going on.

On this day in October, there were 23 people in hospitals in Monroe County because of COVID-19. Now there's more than 900. 

Miglani says every bed, every room, every supply is getting used. 

Miglani: And we're starting to see young people very ill with it also, is different than it was in October.

Brean: If one of our viewers was able to spend a day inside the emergency room or just tour it, do you think they would come away with a different impression of what the situation is right now?

Miglani: Absolutely. I think the first thing they would come away with is an awe-inspiring, absolutely incredible dedicated group of people from physicians, nurses, environmental services, transportation. 

Miglani: And how much numbers don't paint the picture of the reality which is how much more widespread COVID is now than it was March or April or in June when we saw another peak. 

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