UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Dr. Kent Hall from Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) spoke about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s optimism on the U.S. turning a corner against the omicron surge and what it means for the area going forward.

“We are definitely rounding a corner. Understand that the corner actually has three different turns to it” – Dr. Kent Hall, MVHS

Dr. Hall explains the first turn is the number of people who test positive decreasing. He says the number of positive cases is going down. The second corner is the number is people who need hospitalization.

“It looks like we’re starting to turn that corner as well. Over the last seven days in the Mohawk Valley Health System, we’ve seen a slight decline. – Dr. Kent Hallo, MVHS

The third corner is little to no deaths from the virus, which Doctor Hall says we have not turned that corner yet. Over the last 9 days, there have been 19 deaths from covid in the Mohawk Valley Health System alone. Dr. says that we need to continue to get tested and wear masks so that we do not see a reverse in the progress we are making.

“At least for the next 4 to 6 weeks, I would recommend keeping doing what we’re doing, and then when we get into March we can see where we stand then. Then, the next variant that we see that may take over may be more infectious but may be similar from an intensity standpoint, from the severity of disease standpoint to what omicron is.” – Dr. Kent Hallo, MVHS

Dr. hall says we would transition from a pandemic phase to an endemic phase, meaning the virus is out there, but it’s not something that would cause a change to our daily lives. However, experts are unsure of when we will finally make this transition.

“I do believe we will get there” – Dr. Kent Hallo, MVHS