The following press release was issued Monday by Delaware County Public Health and the Good Neighbor Society:
Delaware County is seeing a large jump in COVID-19 cases. In just one week, active COVID-19 cases increased from 83 to 104 as of 2PM on Monday, October 12, 2020, with a 17.2% positivity rate. This increase includes a rise in hospitalizations at Regional Medical Center and sadly an outbreak at Good Neighbor Society which is affecting both residents and staff. As numbers have increased, unfortunately so have deaths in Delaware County. We have lost six people to COVID-19 thus far.
“This sharp rise in cases, has the potential to overburden a small, local hospital like ours,” expresses Regional Medical Center CEO, Charlie Button. “As community members, our friends, our neighbors, and our patients, we implore you to please take precautions.”
Matt Carpenter, Good Neighbor Society CEO shared, “On behalf of Good Neighbor Society, thank you for your support of our organization as we navigate the current COVID-19 outbreak at our facility. While we genuinely appreciate your thoughts, prayers, and support during this time, we also need you to take action. Please do your part to help us stop the spread of this virus in our community.
We understand there is frustration – truth be told, we are too. We want our residents to play BINGO with each other. To share a meal together. To pray together. Unfortunately, we are unable to allow these seemingly simple activities until our county positivity rate is at or below 10%. We continue to have staff and residents test positive. Our staff members who have tested positive are all integral to operating this organization – including providing direct cares. Our residents are vulnerable. A subset of our residents testing positive for COVID-19 are experiencing severe symptoms – so much so that we have experienced hospitalizations in our facility. Help us keep our staff and residents healthy. Please follow the guidance of Delaware County Public Health and Regional Medical Center. The health of our community, and the lives of our residents, depends on it.”
We must reduce the spread of COVID-19 in order to protect our most vulnerable family, friends, neighbors, and keep our local healthcare resources running at optimal levels to care for others, such as in the event of a trauma.
Remember, the HEALTH of our community depends on the ACTIONS of our community.
YOU can help reduce the spread of the virus:
Wear a mask. Wear it over your nose and chin.
Wash your hands. Wash for at least 20 seconds. Don’t touch your face.
Distance yourself. Keep a 6 foot distance from others. Avoid large gatherings. Say hello from a distance.
Get your influenza (flu) shot. As we move into the influenza season, we encourage everyone to get the flu shot. It is not determined yet how our bodies will handle the flu and COVID-19 at the same time.