Centra officials say they do not expect a peak in Lynchburg-region COVID-19 cases until mid-May — and the first wave of cases is likely to last through the end of June. CEO Andy Mueller told a virtual news conference today that health system appears prepared to handle the area’s expected peak demand for ventilators and hospital beds:

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But Mueller says Centra will keep working in efforts to be over-prepared for any circumstances that might arise. That includes space available at its college of nursing and a University of Lynchburg residence hall if the need requires.

Here is Mueller’s view of where forecast models are likely to lead in Lynchburg:

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