Hospitalizations for the virus are on the rise in New York, but this time it’s different.

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Mount Sinai, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, has also seen a surge in patient numbers, mainly from Brooklyn and the northern suburbs of Rockland and Orange counties, areas with localized epidemics. “It’s busy but very stable,” Dr Reich said.

Doctors and public health experts said they were convinced treatments that emerged earlier in the year had prepared hospitals to better help patients, while stressing that social distancing and the wearing of masks remained essential.

“It is unlikely that New York City will know again what it went through in April and May,” said Dr. Eric Toner, principal investigator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Of 461 patients hospitalized in the city on Tuesday, 122 were being treated in intensive care units, state data showed. On the worst days of April, more than 3,100 patients were in intensive care

Dr Katz said he believed a lower percentage of people with Covid-19 needed hospitalization now than in the spring. But he warned it was difficult to say for sure because testing was so limited at the time and mild and moderate cases were much more likely to go undocumented.

On April 7, the city experienced its highest death toll – 815 confirmed and probable deaths – with 6,045 cases and more than 11,000 hospitalizations. On October 21, the most recent date for which city data is complete, the city recorded four deaths and 591 cases. That day, 454 people were hospitalized.

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