BOSTON (WHDH) - A Boston hospital on Thursday morning announced that it had no COVID-19 patients in its intensive care unit for the first time since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Tufts Medical Center said, “We have 0 COVID patients in the ICU for the first time since the pandemic began!”

Despite the encouraging data, those who have been working on the frontlines are still urging caution.

“It’s a moment in time. You could have an ICU patient in five minutes of course. It does not mean that the pandemic is over and it does not mean that there won’t be spikes in the future,” said Dr. Shira Doron, of Tufts Medical Center.

Doron remains weary due to the possible threat of emerging variants in the future, but there is optimism with an array of treatment options now available.

“We are better prepared in that we know what works and doesn’t work,” Doron said.

As of Thursday evening, state health officials reported a total of 39 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across all Bay State hospitals.

UMass Memorial Medical Center currently has six patients in the ICU, while Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital each have three patients.

The seven-day positivity rate in the state currently sits at 1.99 percent.

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