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Chief Medical Officer Message: Continued commitment to COVID-19 preventive measures

Written by Nirmal Joshi, MD, FACP, chief medical officer, Mount Nittany Health

Jul
15
2020

In May Mount Nittany Health began our thoughtful approach to reopening, focused on the safety and wellbeing of our patients and employees. We have taken precautions, like special cleaning, masking, and screening, in order to safely provide care for all of our patients: whether they have COVID-19 or not.

Up to this point, the local trends in cases are encouraging, and this is because of the interventions of you, our community. Many of you have chosen to follow necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and because of this, as a community, we have done well to limit spread.

I wish I could tell you that we are in the clear, but that is not the case. Across our nation and communities, we have already seen renewed spikes in case counts and severe cases. The future remains challenging to predict. We still don’t really know what the course of the virus will be. There is potential for additional peaks and valleys and resurgences in the fall, or even sooner. We do not anticipate recovery to follow a linear path or to return to “business as usual”. The virus itself will dictate the timeline and necessary actions.

The key measures of staying home, limiting our interactions in the community, masking in public, and practicing good hygiene remain just as essential as we move through this phase of reopening and recovery. Teams within the health system are tracking the impact of our reopening daily and making necessary adjustments. We also continue to work closely with local and state health officials. The threat of the virus is still strong.

Given this, as an organization we remain committed to preventive measures. We anticipate the virus to impact our daily operations and policies for at least the next 12 months.

We must not become complacent. As we have already seen, our local communities are not immune to the impact of this pandemic. Strictly adhering to CDC guidelines on social distancing, masking, cleaning, and hand hygiene remain the responsibility of us all. We must keep doing what is right to protect ourselves and our community.

Thank you for your continued commitment and support in doing your part to help us in the fight against COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Nirmal Joshi, MD

System Chief Medical Officer

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