Three Health Systems Important Message for Mainers
We have reached a critical time in the COVID-19 pandemic. Case numbers are rising, and our hospitals and healthcare system are feeling the pressure. Currently, we’re seeing the highest number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths since the pandemic began. We’ve been preparing for this for months, and we’re ready, but the increase in cases makes our caregivers’ jobs much more challenging.
Every day we see examples of people not following the most basic and sound scientific advice on how to address the pandemic. For that reason, Northern Light Health joined with other healthcare systems in Maine to deliver an important message; we can’t do this without public support. It’s great that so many see healthcare workers as heroes; now it’s time people to show how much they care.
On December 9, during our weekly COVID-19 news briefing, John Alexander, MD, MHCM, FACEP, chief medical officer, Central Maine Healthcare and Steve Diaz, FAAFP, FACEP, chief medical officer, MaineGeneral Health joined James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, senior physician executive for System Incident Command, Northern Light Health, and director of Clinical Education, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center to urge Mainers to act responsibly to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Together, the three Maine clinical leaders urged people to:
Mask: Wear them in any public spaces, indoors or out
- Wash: Wash your hands often
Distance: Don’t gather multiple households under one roof, stay six feet apart, and take the opportunity to enjoy a quieter holiday
- Stay home if you’re sick: Mainers like to tough it out, even if you don’t have symptoms being social while you’re COVID-19 positive can put others at risk
This news conference kicked off a statewide campaign, presented by the three healthcare systems. To view our letter to Maine people, please visit, https://northernlighthealth.org/Covid-Response