Lakes Area Health Organizations Issue Letter to Community
JT Thaden | Nov 18, 2020 AT 12:18 pm
DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - Lakes Area Health organizations came together, Wednesday to thank community members for their efforts in keeping the community safe.
The letter signed by leaders of Sanford Health, Essentia Health and Ecumen in Detroit Lakes asked that residents "be even more diligent with social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing good hand hygiene."
It is expected that pandemic cases will continue to increase throughout the Lakes Area as cold weather, more indoor activities and holiday gatherings happen.
A copy of the letter is below
On behalf of the people we care for and our teams, we want to thank all of you for your efforts in keeping our community safe. Your use of science-based methods, including wearing face masks, social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene and quarantining when necessary, make an absolute difference in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
We also thank our teams for their innovation and flexibility. Their dedication in going beyond their traditional roles to cover needs throughout healthcare as we see record demand for our services has been extraordinary. They continue to rise to the occasion by working long shifts in the hospital and long-term care facilities to care for the complex needs of our patients and residents.
Despite all that we are doing, we anticipate that our pandemic cases will continue to increase as cold weather, more indoor activities and holiday gatherings happen. We ask that you be even more diligent with social distancing, wearing face masks, and practicing good hand hygiene during this most critical time. We know everyone misses family and friends, are experiencing fatigue and long for a return to normal; our hearts ache for the patients or residents struggling, distressed families, and healthcare staff working around the clock. Please, do not let your guard down. We are making headway. We and the community need your help now, more than ever.
We are all in this together. Please continue to take care of yourselves, support one another, and mask up to safeguard our family, friends and community.
|Breanna Adams |
Director of OperationsSanford Health Detroit Lakes
Interim VP of OperationsEssentia Health St. Mary's
Regional Director of OperationsEcumen
|Dr. Brian Gatheridge|
Primary Care Department ChairSanford Health Detroit Lakes
|Dr. Andrew Moen|
Physician Division LeaderEssentia Health St. Mary's
|Dr. Andrew Johnson|
Surgical Department ChairSanford Health Detroit Lakes
AdministratorEssentia Health Senior Care
Director of NursingEcumen