As we prepare for the Super Bowl this week, we continue to cheer for our home team! By using teamwork we can defeat this surge of COVID-19.
Keeping Score: Numbers are Improving
For the past two weeks, our numbers have continued to show improvement. In fact, due to the decrease in patient volume and improved staffing, Meritus Medical Center is no longer operating under crisis standards of care. We aren’t out of the woods, and continue to operate under emergency procedures, but feel encouraged by the reduction of inpatient COVID patients. A few weeks ago we were caring for 100 COVID-positive patients, now, we continue to see a range in the mid-forties.
Positivity rates of tests collected by Meritus Health are declining as well. This week, positivity rates were around 20 percent positive. About a month ago they were close to 40 percent positive, so we are making strides and hopeful that this trend will continue.
Don’t be a Super Spreader during the Super Bowl
It’s no coincidence that our local hospital gets overwhelmed following times of large gatherings.
Following the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Meritus Medical Center experienced surges in patient volume. Let’s not fumble – and use the good defense of vaccines, boosters, masks, and hand hygiene to keep well.
Meritus Health continues to work to make vaccination convenient. Beginning February 8, we will offer new hours to better fit the needs of pediatric patients:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. by appointment or walk-in from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Pediatric Pfizer 5-11 year olds: Tuesday and Thursday 12 – 4:30 p.m. by appointment or walk-in from 12 – 4 p.m.
- Pediatric Pfizer 12-17 year boosters: Tuesday and Thursday 12 – 4:30 p.m. by appointment or walk-in from 12 – 4 p.m.
*Please note, this does not change EvuSheld Administration. It will maintain Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sideline Support: Save a life by donating blood
Meritus Medical Center, like hospitals across the country, continues to experience a blood shortage. Donations are desperately needed! This is a very meaningful way to support the medical needs of your community right now.
Meritus is hosting a blood drive March 11th, but we are encouraging community members to also reach out directly to the American Red Cross to donate.
Friday, March 11, 2022
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Robinwood Professional Center – Suite 142