Has San Antonio reached its COVID-19 peak? How are hospitals preparing for a possible second wave of the coronavirus?

SAQ: Your COVID-19 questions answered by local emergency room doctor

SAN ANTONIO – The Centers for Disease control has warned about a possible second wave of rapid spread of the coronavirus. With that in mind, we asked Emergency Room Doctor Robert A Frolichstein what local hospitals are doing to prepare for this possibility.

Frolichstein said he is hopeful that a second wave wouldn’t come for several months.

“That will give us time to really perfect the strategies we have in place already to keep the healthcare workforce healthy as well as any patients that have to come to the hospital healthy. It will allow us to build up our supplies of PPE. And probably most importantly, hopefully it will allow all the brilliant people out there working on treatments and vaccines to have some time to develop some effective treatments,” Frolichstein said.

Frolichstein is also hopeful that San Antonio has already seen its peak of COVID-19 cases but he says it’s possible the peak could come over the next week.

Health officials with the City of San Antonio say projections from their researchers expect San Antonio’s peak of COVID-19 cases to occur sometime between now and mid-May.

Frolichstein said maintaining social distancing and wearing masks are what’s going to keep our peak from being as hard hitting as it has been in other parts of the world.

Click here to watch Thursday’s full Q&A segments with Dr. Frolichstein.

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Alyssa Medina is the Video-On-Demand Producer and has worked at KSAT since 2016. She creates exclusive content for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Some of her most notable contributions focus on race and culture or health and wellness. She's created the segments 'Creating Black History in S.A.' and 'New Week. New You."

Steve Spriester started at KSAT in 1995 as a general assignments reporter. Now, he anchors the station's top-rated 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.