WMC officials urge public to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations

Released: 11/06/20

As local COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Mayo Clinic Health System physicians at Winneshiek Medical Center request the community practice increased diligence to COVID-19 prevention recommendations.

Regional hospitals, including Winneshiek Medical Center, have experienced an increase in patient census for a multitude of reasons.  These patients do not all have COVID-19.  Thomas Marquardt, D.P.M., chief medical officer, Winneshiek Medical Center, says, “As COVID-19 cases continue to spread locally, health care resources are beginning to be strained.  It is our plan to continue to offer safe care and all services; however, as more patients are hospitalized for COVID-19 and resulting complications, WMC may have to again limit elective procedures, in-person appointments and other care to manage the surge.”

COVID-19 prevention recommendations include:

  • Wear a mask in all public settings, or if you are around others outside of your immediate family circle.
  • Continue to socially distance from one another. Avoid medium to large gatherings.  Choose to postpone holiday gatherings.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Use hand sanitizer regularly.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Get your influenza vaccine.

“Following these recommendations protects each other and protects our health care system, in which we all rely on in our time of need,” says Dr. Marquardt.  “Please do your part for your family, friends, schools, businesses, health care systems, long-term care facilities and communities.”

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