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Frontline fears: one Western New York doctor's concern

Posted at 5:24 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 17:28:24-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — “In late October and November, we’ve seen everything change, and every week it’s gotten worse,” Founder and CEO of Jericho Road Community Health Center Myron Glick said.

Glick, who treats patients in their isolation units twice a week, took to social media Tuesday to update the community about what he’s seeing on the front lines.

In the post, Glick described Monday as the health center’s “toughest day yet.” He said unlike the last couple weeks, they saw far fewer being tested to go home for the holiday or due to recent travel and instead they treated many more who were sick.

“It’s the first time in this pandemic where I started to feel afraid. Afraid for myself, and for this community and what it might mean for the next four to six weeks,” he said.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said overcrowding of western New York’s hospitals remains a concern, as does storing bodies if the death toll climbs. But, he said they have a plan if that should happen.

“We do have cold storage facilities if it should come to that. We’re hoping it doesn’t. But, we have them just in case.”

“The hospitals are pretty overwhelmed. I mean, they might not be saying that. But, we know it because we work in the hospitals,” Glick said. “The rate of death is less. But, the number of deaths, I fear, is going to be higher. I mean, almost too much to bear. It’s going to be a lot worse in the coming weeks unless, and that was the point of the post, unless everyone starts to take this really seriously,” he concluded.