Las Vegas, Nevada 2020-11-19 13:25:00 –
Las Vegas (FOX5)-The Nevada Hospital Association, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, and Nevada Medical Association issued a joint statement Thursday urging residents to pay attention to COVID-19 precautions so as not to overwhelm the hospital system.
“In recent weeks, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have been on the rise nationwide,” the statement said. “If this trend continues in Nevada, it will put a heavy burden on hospital team members such as doctors, nurses, therapists and custodians. Food service and support staff who bravely worked to help patients.”
Recently, the number of cases and hospitalizations for COVID-19 has skyrocketed in Nevada, and we have set a record of cases of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 at the hospital on Wednesday.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has hinted at strengthening mitigation measures in response to the COVID-19 surge.
“After spending most of the year dealing with pandemics and economic implications, and as the holiday season approaches, we recognize the temptation to be complacent. Please resist, “read the statement. “It is imperative for everyone to continue to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.”
As the cold, flu season and holidays approach, it is important for Nevadans to re-engage these important public security measures for their own health, the safety of health care workers and the well-being of those around them.
Nevada hospitals treat and count more than 30,000 COVID-19 patients. The current increase in infectious diseases seriously reminds us of the strength and longevity of this pandemic. Many people have expressed “COVID fatigue”, but unfortunately the infection does not go away immediately. As we approach the end of 2020, we are calling on everyone to help reduce the risk of spreading the disease or infection, whether it is the coronavirus or the flu.
Hospitals and healthcare professionals manage large numbers of critically ill patients who are straining the therapeutic capabilities of our healthcare delivery system. During this time, hospitals are flooded with patients with heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and respiratory infections. Add to COVID-19 patients who are highly contagious and require different types of care. We do not overwhelm the healthcare system because everyone has a duty to responsibly limit the spread of the infection.
As our hospital and healthcare heroes continue to fight this deadly and dangerous virus, we take all Nevadans carefully responsible and safe actions to protect themselves and others. I highly recommend that. Keep yourself at your own safety by keeping a social distance and wearing a mask. This not only helps us protect each other, but also helps us to take good care of the people in the hospital. After spending most of the year dealing with pandemics and financial implications, and as the holiday season approaches, we recognize the temptation to be complacent. Please resist the urge. It is imperative that everyone continue to take the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
Since the beginning of this pandemic, hospitals have required staff, patients and visitors to follow well-defined safety protocols such as wearing masks, checking temperature when entering the facility, and changed visit policies. We ask all Nevadans to take similar precautions.
• Wear a mask for the safety of you and others
• Keep at least 6 feet away from others
• Avoid the crowd
• Stay home as much as possible
• Wash your hands frequently
Some Nevada hospitals have recovered some visits, but most have had to limit visit capacity and time as part of their COVID-19 response. We would like to thank the public for their cooperation and patience with these restrictions and recommend that you review the revised visit guidelines for your local hospital.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise nationwide. If this trend continues in Nevada, it will put a heavy burden on hospital team members such as doctors, nurses, therapists and custodians, as well as food service and support staff who have bravely worked to help patients. Infectious diseases and surges in hospitalization increase the risk of exposure to illness.
So play your part in staying safe and healthy and limiting the spread of COVID-19 and influenza this winter. This will help prevent more illnesses and hospitalizations. Join us to support members of the courageous healthcare team who continue to care for patients who become ill during the pandemic.
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