Northeast Ohio Hospitals Address COVID-19 Fatigue as Cases Rise in Ohio
The rise in coronavirus infections is a serious reminder of this pandemic’s strength and longevity. While many have expressed “COVID fatigue,” unfortunately we can’t wish away the infection.
We in healthcare have seen the faces of COVID-19 firsthand. Our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and a host of other healthcare providers are on the front lines each day. They care for the sick and dying. They comfort family members who cannot physically be with their loved ones.
COVID-19 is in our communities no matter where you live or who you are.
It touches all of us in one way or another.
What is most distressing as we move into fall and winter is that COVID-19 cases are going up throughout the United States, including Ohio. There have been more than 5,500 deaths in Ohio.
The numbers are staggering, but what is most concerning is that we are breaking records with increased numbers each day.
We have had more than 250,000 Ohioans infected with COVID-19, with more than 20,000 requiring hospitalization.
As we approach the end of 2020, we are encouraging everyone to help decrease the risk for spreading infection, be it coronavirus or flu. We must make sacrifices today – by limiting indoor gatherings – in the hope of better tomorrows.
But there is good news to share. Each of us can help control the virus by our own actions. We need to remain on guard and rely on each other to do the same.
• Keeping physical distance
• Staying home when sick
• Wearing a mask
• Getting immunized against the flu
• Washing our hands
We don’t know exactly when a vaccine will be FDA-approved, recommended and widely available, so these are our strongest tactics to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Gov. Mike DeWine has encouraged all Ohioans not to get complacent. We stand with him in support of that advice. If we continue to work together and stay strong, we will get through this. We will emerge stronger in the end.
The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.
The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.
As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.
Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.
The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.
For more information, visit metrohealth.org.