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‘The fear we have is what’s down the road:‘ Lynchburg mayor, doctors discuss increase in coronavirus cases

Centra currently treating 36 patients in hospital, highest number since March

Lynchburg, Centra leaders share concerns about recent spike in local cases
Lynchburg, Centra leaders share concerns about recent spike in local cases

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Mayor MaryJane Dolan called for a news conference in City Hall on Monday to discuss the increase in COVID-19 cases in Lynchburg.

Centra’s Chris Lewis had to be the bearer of bad news at the news conference.

“I wish I could bring you good news, but I can’t,” said Chris Lewis, V.P. of Medical Affairs.

Right now, doctors and nurses are caring for 36 COVID-19 positive patients in the hospital.

“That is the highest number we’ve seen to date. As I said, it continues to increase,” Lewis said.

Sixteen people are in the ICU while 12 are on ventilators. One person died over the weekend.

All of this is leaving staff stressed out to say the least.

“Are we managing currently? Yes, but barely. The fear we have is what’s down the road,” Lewis said.