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News Release: More than 400 PA Hospital Doctor and Nurse Leaders: Help Us Stop the Spread of COVID-19

November 25, 2020

As COVID-19 case counts continue to spike, a group of more than 400 clinical leaders, including chief medical officers and chief nursing officers, from Pennsylvania’s hospitals today issued an urgent call to action ahead of the holiday season:

“As the nurse and physician leaders of hospitals and health systems throughout Pennsylvania, we have an important message about the role you can play in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“The hospital community stands together committed to protecting and caring for Pennsylvanians, especially as we face the convergence of a second wave of COVID-19 and flu season. It is imperative that every Pennsylvanian join us in taking important steps to stay safe and healthy during the months ahead, and prevent the spread of both influenza and COVID-19.

“Our hospitals and health care facilities will continue requiring staff, patients, and visitors to follow public health protocols, including mask-wearing, screenings upon entry, and limiting visitors. We do this to keep patients, visitors, and health care workers safe. But we need your help to stop the spread in the community.

“Here is what we need you to do:

  • Follow public health precautions: wear a mask, stay at least six feet apart, avoid crowds, and frequently wash your hands
  • Do not wait to talk with your doctor or care provider if you are ill or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, and follow the advice to isolate or quarantine
  • If you have not already done so, get your flu shot
  • As much as we yearn to gather together with family and friends over the holidays, small gatherings are contributing to the rise in COVID-19 cases. We must take smart steps to reduce the risk—this year, please do not travel, and limit your gathering to your household

“During recent days, we have seen record COVID-19 cases, impacting all regions of the state. Hospitalizations and deaths are increasing as well.

“We face this winter with so much more knowledge than we had in the spring. We understand more about COVID-19 and how to treat it; we have better therapies; and we have implemented proven protocols. Our hospitals and health systems are working collaboratively to be prepared for a surge of patients that will put strains on our capacity.

“Public health mitigation efforts are driven by data and guidance from health care experts. They chart the route from where we are now to where we need to go. They keep hospitals and health care facilities safe places for patients to receive routine and emergency care as needed. These measures also will prevent a catastrophic surge in hospital admissions and COVID-19 deaths.

“We will get through this together, but our success depends on our individual decisions and actions to help prevent more illness and hospitalization, and to support our dedicated health care staff as they continue to treat every patient who needs their care. One person’s actions make a small difference; many people together can make a huge impact. Please help us protect each other, our families, neighbors, and communities. Stay safe.”

View the full list of signatories.



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