Pardee CEO: COVID-19 peak may be months off, hundreds could be hospitalized in weeks, ventilators a concern

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 cases could peak in Henderson County as far off as mid-May to early June, according to President and CEO of Pardee UNC Health Care Jay Kirby, adding that locally we are just now seeing “the outer bands of a hurricane.”

He shared his opinions based on recent models and data to the Henderson County Board of Commissioners Friday.

“Today I am not here to lead, guide or direct your governance, what I am here today is to tell you what Pardee hospital, its frontline nurses and its medical staff are up against,” Kirby said.

He explained that the data he is receiving from medical experts is alarming.