COVID-19 Joint Information Center Update: February 18, 2022 – Washington County – Washington County Government

As positivity rates of COVID-19 tests collected by Meritus Health continue to go lower, inpatient medical care needs for these patients reduce, and the demand for testing greatly diminishes, all of the signs begin to point toward the region emerging from the most recent and worst surge of COVID-19 in the area.

As of Friday morning, Meritus Health’s seven-day testing positivity rate had reduced to 10.2 percent, the number of patients receiving care for COVID-19 at Meritus Medical Center had reduced to 14 and the number of people seeking a test dramatically reduced.

“We are cautiously optimistic that these numbers are indicators that this surge is behind us,” explained Meritus Health’s President and CEO Maulik Joshi, a doctor of public health. “They also could be indicators that we are headed toward a new phase of COVID-19.”

Joshi said while care teams at Meritus Medical Center continue to treat patients with COVID-19 and the virus continues to be a very real threat to the health of the community, as we move to an endemic phase we all need to learn to live with COVID-19 safely.

He encourages community members to remain vigilant and to get vaccinated and boosted.