COVID-19 Update

Posted: January 7, 2022

To the patients, families, and communities we are dedicated to serve, 

The past few weeks have brought rapid change on both national and local levels.  Our local communities are seeing the largest spike in Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.   However, as they have so many times before, our healthcare providers, nurses, and staff are rising to the occasion and working diligently to ensure our community’s well-being.

Much like the rest of the country we are seeing high patient volumes, diminishing Covid-19 testing supplies in our communities, and staff illness related to the virus. Although we face these challenges, we are prepared to care for our communities. Our providers are taking great care to navigate patients through the increased wait times and health concerns. 

As your local healthcare providers, we are urging you to help slow the spread of Covid-19 by wearing a mask, avoiding large gatherings, and getting vaccinated including receiving a booster.  Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.  This is the best public health measure you can take to slow transmission, reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging, and protect yourself and those you love. 

We are here and we are ready to care for you, your families, and our communities!

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Harald Lausen, SCHA Chief Medical Officer

Brian Burnside, Carlinville Area Hospital & Clinics CEO

Rex Brown, Hillsboro Area Hospital CEO

Beth King, Jersey Community Hospital CEO

Trina Casner, Pana Community Hospital CEO

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