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Impact of COVID-19 on Community-Based Responses to Violence   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease] continues to put considerable strain on the American healthcare system. At the time of this writing, there were 92,770 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York State. In Monroe County, there were 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Importantly, both figures underestimate the actual occurrence of COVID-19 in both New York and Monroe County, respectively. Due to the limited availability of testing, the actual number of infected persons is likely much higher. One study found that 86% of COVID-19 cases in China during the early stages of the pandemic went undetected. The rise in COVID-19 infections has the potential to overwhelm hospital systems around the country. According to the Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation, New York State is projected to have a shortage of 63,019 hospital beds on April 9, 2020. This shortage will prove potentially deadly for patients seeking acute care for COVID-19 infections, but will also make it difficult for hospitals to provide effective treatment to patients seeking assistance for non COVID-19 related ailments. One sub-population of patients seeking hospital assistance that warrants special attention is violence victims. This working paper will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the ability of hospitals and community organizations to adequately respond to violence victimization."

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Center for Public Safety Initiatives
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