It’s been one year since COVID-19 first impacted our lives.
A year ago this week, the local shutdowns began – the Iowa legislative session came to a halt, nursing homes began restricting visitors and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that schools across the state would close for four weeks. Restaurants and bars were ordered to close a couple days later, along with hair salons, rec centers and other businesses.
No one had a full understanding of how severe COVID-19 was – or how long it would last – including Regional Medical Center. Chief Financial Officer Danette Kramer:
Kramer says they started getting a lot of questions from the public at that point.
And Kramer says they were fortunate that Delaware County was one of the last counties in the area to confirm their first case of COVID-19. The first official case didn’t come until April – a few weeks after the shutdowns.
As 2021 began, we started turning the corner – hospitalizations were going down, case numbers were dropping and requirements were getting lifted for businesses. And now, we have three different vaccines to help us fight the virus – though vaccine supply remains limited.
Kramer says there is light at the end of the tunnel, but she warns we can’t let down our guard just yet.
President Biden is also urging Americans to continue social distancing and wearing a mask until the majority of Americans are vaccinated. Biden says his goal is to have every adult eligible for the COVID vaccine by May 1st, with hopes that families and friends will be able to gather again in small groups by the 4th of July.