The entire state of Indiana awaits the update from the Governor on Friday in relation to the “stay at home” order with many hoping there will be a complete return to “normal”. Fortunately, the Governor has made it clear that, while there will be strides made toward reaching a “new normal”, we cannot entirely end the social (physical) distancing we have been practicing for the last several weeks. Because we have no effective treatments, a vaccine is still 12 – 18 months away, and testing is not yet at the needed levels, social distancing as a personal choice remains the best safeguard any of us can have. Following is a short 45-second video that illustrates the impact “creating a little space” can have:
If you are interested in learning more about the history of this disease, and similar pandemics in the past, I encourage you to watch “Coronavirus, Explained” on Netflix, or read the fascinating article at the following link: https://apple.news/AZZF_UuP4S_
Finally, at Hancock Health we continue our COVID-related operations as noted below but are also working toward expanding access to our services for non-COVID patients as well. Elective surgeries will begin ramping up again next week but we do not foresee achieving pre-COVID levels for the foreseeable future. As we continue to restore our depleted inventories of PPE and other medical supplies, we will ramp other services back up in a safe and effective manner. During this time period it is likely our patience will experience “glitches” in the process, so please take the opportunity to elicit their feedback on how we can improve – the “new normal” is new to all of us.
All the Best,