The Second Wave: Phoenix ER Doctor Reflects On What's Changed Since Pandemic Began

By Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein, Mark Brodie
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 12:50pm
Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 9:55am

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Arizona continues to report a steady rise in new cases of COVID-19. The state Department of Health Services reported 1,044 new cases and 14 more deaths Oct. 28. That brings the total number of cases in our state so far to more than 241,000, and the total number of deaths to 5,905.

The recent upward trend in new cases and the state’s positivity rate reflects an unsettling pattern across the country as well as the world.

Several European countries have imposed new rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the continent is rocked by a second wave that has also reached the U.S.

Dr. Benjamin Reeser
Benjamin Reeser
Dr. Benjamin Reeser

But in Arizona, top officials — including Gov. Doug Ducey — have expressed an unwillingness to further restrict residents even as cases climb.

The numbers right now look a lot like what we saw just after the Memorial Day weekend at the beginning of the summer, just before we saw the massive spike that took so many lives.

But for health care workers who have been seeing the realities of this pandemic on the front lines for months, the situation looks a little different now than it did then.

The Show spoke with Valley emergency room physician Dr. Benjamin Reeser five months ago when hospitalizations here were rising. And this week, as Arizona is facing a second wave of COVID-19, This Show is going back to some of those voices heard early on on this pandemic, including Dr. Reeser.

The Show spoke with him more about what he’s seeing now, and what he and his colleagues know now that could make this wave of the pandemic more manageable.

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