The Harvard Gazette interviews Paul Biddinger, medical director for emergency preparedness at Partners Healthcare, which owns both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals, who says that while the volume of patients continues to increase, we may no longer be heading toward a hospital collapse of the sort seen in Italy:
Roughly about a week to two after the implementation and then strengthening of social distancing - physical distancing instructions from the governor, from multiple mayors here in Eastern Massachusetts, we now have seen that our curve of arriving patients, both with general illness and critical illness, has decreased. ...
Now, for about a week or so, our data no longer looks as much as it did like a Northern Italian situation.
Biddinger added that this doesn't mean the hospitals aren't seeing g