BOSTON (CBS) — Hospital staff around the country are treating coronavirus patients while trying to keep themselves safe. A surgeon on the front lines at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) said it has been a big change.

“The biggest challenge right now with this COVID-19 is just the change of how the hospital is working,” said Myron Rolle, a neurosurgery resident at MGH. “If you were to look at this hospital five months ago it would be completely different.”

Dr. Rolle said the hospital sees 50 to 100 patients suspected to have the coronavirus every day. He said they come from New Hampshire, Maine and other nearby states.

His predicted outlook for the future was grim.

“I think Massachusetts right now is a little bit behind New York, but in a week or two, from what we’re hearing, it’s probably going to reach New York or even supercede New York honestly,” Dr. Rolle said.

Even so, he said everyone has an important role to play in stopping the spread of the virus.

Comments (11)
  1. Joel Abbott Greenwald says:

    Trump will make Nixon look like a hero.

  2. S Martino says:

    I will believe it when I see it.

  3. Bill Branch says:

    “Supercede” ???
    Can CBS Boston afford anyone who can spell and use commas correctly? This is an affront to people with more than an elementary school education.

    1. Josh says:

      Mature. I don’t usually comment on articles, or anything really…but reading such rude and asinine comments from grown men is kinda getting under my skin. Shouldn’t this be a time for unity?

    2. LindaC says:

      Boy, if that gets you, stay off FB ! There’s millions of them, and they are just awful. Supercede is a variant spelling anyway. It’s as if nobody attended school beyond the 4th grade !

  4. wfh says:

    Try asking a seasoned attending vs a young resident the same question.

    1. Alex says:

      Completely agree! The media is looking to interview anyone that would talk to them and a resident is not the right person to provide an opinion on this….he said – “we are a little behind new york”…… they have about 60k cases and we have 4k – how is that “a little behind?”

      Yes our peak will come in two weeks but our hospitals have been preparing for this for months already….

      1. Alex says:

        We now have to do our part and #StayHome

  5. Tom says:


    That “young resident” was a Rhodes scholar and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans yet decided to go to medical school in order to become a neurosurgeon. I think he’s qualified to give his outlook on the grim future since physicians, residents and fellows are all being briefed on the situation by the hospital every day.

    1. Joe says:

      I don’t care how smart he is or that he was drafted by an NFL team. There is no substitute for experience and a veteran news org should know better. This is simply a clickbait article and this guy’s hospital should sanction him for speaking without authority.

  6. Liz says:

    Question – Anyone find an issue with the article stating that many of the patients are from out of state? How is it okay to to risk more MA doctors and residents with infection because they want the healthcare here? I suspect the tested cases are so low in other states because they are coming to MA. Perhaps I am missing a perspective on it. There are doctors and hospitals in every state. Why are they not going to their own in state programs to spread out proper care?

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