During the past few weeks we have seen a rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases locally and across the country. Many experts predicted a secondary wave, and unfortunately, it appears to have arrived.
With the Holiday season upon us, the reality of COVID-19 becomes that much more challenging. We long to spend time with those we love most, our family and friends. At the same time, we want to keep them healthy. Please consider making safe choices while creating your Holiday plans and follow recommended guidelines for masking, distancing and handwashing. Unfortunately, someone who is infected and has limited or no symptoms can unknowingly pass the virus to family members or friends. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and away from others.
Along with the surge in cases, we have seen an increased number of patients needing hospitalization, some of whom required ventilators, and the elderly are not the only ones requiring a hospital stay. While many have been able to recover at home, they, too, often need additional care.
Ultimately, we are concerned about the rapid spread of the virus because we care about you and this community. While we remain prepared for the ongoing pandemic, it is possible for the healthcare system to become overloaded. We want to be able to care for everyone, whether from COVID or something else. Until an effective vaccine is available, we all must work together to limit the virus’ ability to spread.
Dr. George Alcorn, who works in our isolation clinic, said it is common for patients to present with a variety of COVID-19 symptoms. Some patients show a single symptom, others have multiple symptoms. Common symptoms include an inability to taste or smell, cough, congestion, fever, shortness of breath, diarrhea, sore throat, tiredness and body aches. In other cases, COVID might present much like a cold, allergy or sinus issue.
If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been around anyone with COVID, please get tested. Free testing is available through the State of Indiana. You may also contact your personal care provider or call our COVID-19 Hotline at 812.801.8010. For the latest testing information, visit our Coronavirus page.
My family has felt the effects of COVID-19. I know the challenges it presents. Together, let’s make the Holiday season as safe as possible.