Albany Med admits 14 coronavirus patients from downstate


ALBANY - Fourteen coronavirus patients from downstate hospitals are now at Albany Med.

The hospital says the 14 have either confirmed or suspected cases.

In a statement, Dr. Dennis McKenna, the incoming president and CEO of the hospital, says Albany Med believes it is their responsibility to help.

As requested by the governor, Albany Med has a plan to increase its capacity to care for patients by 50 percent. The hospital says coronavirus patients are placed in negative pressure rooms.

NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn showed you those rooms last month.

In a normal day, Albany Med receives more than 40 transfer patients. The hospital says accepting patients from other hospitals will not prevent Albany Med from caring for any local patients.