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Massachusetts coronavirus hospitalizations climbing ahead of Thanksgiving, CDC says celebrate holiday outside

As the second surge of coronavirus cases slams Massachusetts, hospital front-line workers are seeing a steady rise of virus patients — as officials hope they don’t hit a “tipping point” in the weeks and months ahead.

Massachusetts hospital officials on Wednesday said they’re seeing a steady climb in coronavirus patients as statewide cases rise to levels not seen since the spring.

The number of COVID-19 patients in Bay State hospitals has more than doubled from a low of 285 over the summer to 659 as of Wednesday. Two weeks ago, there were 393 COVID-19 patients in Massachusetts hospitals.

Coronavirus hospitalizations across the Mass General Brigham system have about tripled since late summer, said Paul Biddinger, director of Emergency Preparedness at Mass General Brigham. There are now about 120 COVID-19 patients across the hospital system.

“The number is increasing, but not increasing nearly as quickly as in the spring,” he said, adding, “A concern we have is from the recent European experience, which shows hospitalizations can rise slowly and reach a tipping point.”

Todd Ellerin, director of infectious diseases at South Shore Health, said they’re seeing a slow increase in patients. Read from source….