Letters To The Editor 1/3/2022

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A call to action
To the editor: With the holidays here and many people planning to gather to honor family traditions, we would like to remind you that it is important to protect your health and the health of others during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Sandusky County, like the rest of the country, is again experiencing an overwhelming surge in cases of COVID-19 in our community. While this was not unanticipated, the impact on our community and health care system has reached a point of serious concern.
Local physician, Dr. Jennifer Hohman, MD witnesses first-hand the dramatic impact that COVID-19 is having on Sandusky County.
“The healthcare system and its workers were tired two years ago before the COVID pandemic. Now, that system and its team are exhausted. It is purely the heroics of the healthcare workers that have helped us to get this far but now they are running on fumes,” Hohman said. “What started as a sprint now has turned into an incredibly long marathon. We need the help of every single person, doing everything possible to stop the virus or we will see even higher levels of death and disease.”
It’s important that citizens of Sandusky County understand the facts and prepare for what may be the most dangerous period of time during this pandemic.
Here’s a summary of the current situation:
• Our local hospitals have reached, or are close to capacity.
• Most of the hospitals in Northwest Ohio are near capacity and some are now transferring local patients to outside of our region for care.
• Some operating rooms for outpatients in Toledo are temporarily suspending operations because nurses are needed on the floor to care for COVID patients.
• There is discussion that elective surgeries may need to be postponed due to a growing shortage of staff and beds.
If the current trend continues, our hospitals will be increasingly challenged. So, we are asking the public to please be part of the solution. Most people are aware of the recommended precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves and our families. It is time for all of us to take them seriously:
• Get a COVID-19 vaccine and booster as soon as you can.
• Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
• Social distance (stay six feet away from others whenever possible).
• Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
• If you must gather, consider home COVID-19 testing within 24 hours prior to the event.
• If you are sick or have symptoms, don’t host or attend a gathering.
We know this pandemic has been difficult, but if we work together as a community, we can minimize the spread of COVID-19. Please encourage friends, family and neighbors to take the recommended COVID-19 precautions. We have to be diligent and stay strong for the sake of our future.
Thank you for your cooperation. We will continue to work together to protect our community until this crisis is over.
Stay safe.
The Bellevue Hospital
ProMedica Memorial Hospital
NOMS Physicians: Dr. Bower, Dr. Wonderly, and Dr. Hohman
Sandusky County EMS
Sandusky County Public Health
Community Health Services


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