Hospital chief of staff says they have fewer than 10 COVID patients, lowest since start of 2020

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – COVID-19 numbers have improved over the past month, and now we’re reaching some much-awaited new hospital milestones as well. It’s a relief for exhausted hospital staff, and for the rest of us it means it’s easier and safer to attend big events and festivals again.

Sometimes a short tweet can be worth a thousand words. On Thursday, Dr Sam Durrani tweeted in part, “on my main hospital campus we now have single digit covid patients.” “Honestly, I don’t remember when it was this low. I mean maybe at the end of March 2020 it was so low,” Durrani said.

He talks about Deer Valley Medical Center, which at one point had more than 100 COVID-19 patients. Now they have less than 10. “The nurses are in much better shape, they are better staffed, everyone is in a better mood, the care we can provide in the hospital is so much better,” a- he declared.

Durrani said he believes the community now has a lot more immunity, allowing healthy people to safely attend recent big events like Innings Festival and the WM Phoenix Open. This is good news for David Tyda, who organizes local festivals like the Pizza Festival, the Taco Festival and the upcoming French Fry Festival. They’ve had to cancel so many events since 2020, but now it’s just the opposite. “What’s really great to see is that it’s easier to sell a ticket because people are so excited to just be outside,” Tyda said.

Tyda said it also benefits their food trucks and vendors who are now making more money from festivals – many of whom have struggled with business during the pandemic.

Dr Durrani said while this is all exciting and a good sign of where we are headed, hospitals are still very busy due to a backlog of surgeries. “A lot of operations have been postponed. We are catching up and it will take months to catch up,” Durrani said.

Durrani said we’ll likely still see seasonal spikes in COVID-19, but that’s to be expected. He still urges immunocompromised people to take precautions.