As we begin our season of thankfulness and celebrate the holidays, let us join together in supporting each other through this ongoing pandemic. This is a time like no other in our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful, to say the least, and has left many of us feeling isolated.
The upcoming holidays typically can be a chance to reconnect with friends and loved ones, but I urge you to consider how your holiday gathering could impact the spread of COVID-19. The Center for Disease Control had provided some guidance for the small holiday gatherings that would keep your friends, family and community healthy. I know that many of you may be fatigued and it isn’t easy to stay the course, but I am encouraging all Indiana County residents to:
- Wear your mask
- Gather only in small groups including those within your household
- Maintain physical distance of 6 feet between those who do not live in your household
- Be vigilant with hand washing
- Get your flu vaccine for your own health and to minimize the chance you will need to seek medical care this winter
Despite the challenges we are facing every day, this is also a time that is bringing out the best in many people – from the healthcare staff and first responders fighting on the front-lines, to the essential workers providing food, products and services. On behalf of everyone at Indiana Regional Medical Center, we are incredibly thankful to all of you serving and caring for those in need.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours,