MANISTIQUE, Mich. (WJMN & PRESS RELEASE) – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital staff members released a letter and a videotapes to urge residents to take precautions in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is reaching out to community members to share an urgent message. Frontline workers are calling on the public to take immediate actions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and transmission. Schoolcraft County is experiencing its largest COVID-19 wave since the beginning of the pandemic and as a result, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has reached capacity. Our medical-surgery floor is now full and we will be using surgical plans. Schoolcraft County is currently in a locally declared state of emergency, issued by county trustees.
During the week, we may need to cancel surgeries, reschedule elective procedures, and relocate staff to different areas of the hospital to handle the COVID-19 patient population and other patients. Others need special care. Sadly, many other hospitals in the Upper Peninsula, Lower Michigan and Wisconsin are also facing similar increases. We cannot transfer patients to larger health systems like Marquette, Petoskey and Green Bay. Staffing continues to be an important issue in hospitals and ambulance services. These necessary staffing changes can lead to longer wait times in the Emergency Room, drive through examinations, and the RediCare Clinic. This poses great concern to patients who require transfers to other facilities for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), accidents, heart attacks, strokes, and other emergencies.
We’re doing our best to meet demand, but we need the community to work together to help us. Everyone can make decisions that help stop the spread of COVID-19. Our health system is overwhelming throughout the State of Michigan. ”
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital calls for the following measures:
- Vaccination against COVID-19 is now available for all ages 5 years and older.
- Repeat injection if eligible.
- Avoid using the emergency room for non-urgent needs.
- Get routine COVID testing through their drive and contact a primary care physician for an indication for monoclonal antibody treatment if COVID-19 positive or after a high-risk exposure has been reported. know
- Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to COVID-19
- Follow the health department’s isolation and isolation advice
- Let children wear masks to school
- Wear a mask in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status
- Avoid traveling if possible
- Wash and sanitize your hands often
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