Please Join Us as We Mask Up for Health
By Deb Herzberg, Avera Holy Family CEO and Kathy Preston, Emmet County Public Health Nurse - | Nov 12, 2020
The safest way for us to proceed in what is now a multilayered health challenge – flu and cold season, coupled with the growing COVID-19 cases across all of Avera’s footprint – is to team up.
Together Avera Holy Family Hospital and Emmet County Public Health invite you to join us as we mask up for health. We need everybody.
While many continue to practice good hygiene, social distancing and wearing masks, we need everyone’s voluntary contributions starting today. We must all take this virus seriously, no matter what we’ve done up to now.
Why Now is the Time
If we are to manage health care resources, along with the workforce that provides care, we need you to join us and wear a mask in public, every time. Health systems around the nation are working to help those who need to be hospitalized – and this goes beyond COVID-19. Hospitals like ours need to be ready for the emergencies as well as the realities of our current pandemic. The Midwest is considered a national hotspot.
We respect the right of local governments to make their own decisions, but we encourage you to consider the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s affirmed that wearing masks can help slow the spread of COVID-19. When we all wear them consistently and correctly, it helps. But it requires a majority of people in public settings to be part of the team.
Start – But Don’t End – With Masking
Masks are most effective when used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing and cleaning and disinfecting. We’re emphasizing this because of the facts we face: the number of active cases, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing across the wider region. Increased cases and hospitalizations place a greater burden on health care facilities and health care workers. These burdens continue to impact individuals, families and workplaces.
So please, on behalf of both Avera Holy Family Hospital and Emmet County Public Health, renew your attention and adoption of those guidelines the CDC offers. They include:
n Every time you’re around others, wear a mask to cover your mouth and nose.
n Put six feet of space between you and people who don’t live in your household.
n Cover your cough and sneezes, wash hands often and use hand sanitizer, and clean and disinfect surfaces daily.
n Unless you’re seeking medical care, stay home when you’ve been exposed to the virus or feel sick.
n Watch for signs like fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Wearing a mask is a key way that we can all protect each other. Please join us, because in reality, it’s truly all about loving your neighbor and looking out for others.
It’s something we can all do.