Hancock Health has begun antibody testing of our own associates and medical staff as well as first-responders in the community. This should provide us valuable information on the incidence of the disease, especially among asymptomatic individuals.
Of interest, a new study by the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health was released today that showed that 44% of Hoosiers with COVID-19 experience no symptoms, that the death rate of COVID-19 is approximately 0.6% (compared to 0.1% for the seasonal flu), and that people who live with an infected person are twelve times more likely to contract the disease.
The Hancock Triage Clinic will be renamed the “Respiratory Triage Clinic” and will remain in operation for the long term. The Hancock Triage hotline (317-325-2683 (COVD), and email: email@example.com will likewise remain in operation but will be focused more broadly.
We have added significant resources on re-opening for all organizations and these are available in a toolkit on our dedicated website: https://coronavirus.hancockregionalhospital.org/
Following is a tentative timeline for re-opening some of our traditional services, assuming conditions remain safe to do so, at each stage:
The following information remains important to keep in mind as we move forward:
Hancock County has been blessed in our journey with COVID-19, recognizing fewer cases and deaths than one would anticipate based on the numbers experienced in other parts of the state and country. As we move into the multi-stage opening process outlined by Governor Holcomb it will be important to remember some key points:
Given this, we must not lose our focus on the things that have worked so far:
Changes to COVID-related functions developed during the crisis:
Do your best, prepare for the worst – then trust God for the victory – Proverbs 21:31 (The Message translation)