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Effective January 4th, Inspira Health facilities are implementing mandatory masking due to increases in respiratory virus positivity rates throughout the area.
Next week is Thanksgiving, which for most Americans means large gatherings with friends and family, more food than you can eat, and probably a backyard football game or two. But just like everything else, the pandemic has shifted the way we will celebrate this holiday season. With COVID-19 cases increasing in New Jersey and across the country, we’re asking that you make informed decisions to put your health, and the health of your loved ones first – even if that means doing things a little differently this year.
As you plan your Thanksgiving celebration, consider the following questions as you assess the risk of your holiday plans:
Of course, any event held with people outside of your household can result in the spread of COVID-19. A more distant or virtual gathering is the best and safest approach, especially as cases continue to rise in our area.
Lastly, Inspira continues to strengthen our commitment to clinical research used to combat COVID-19 in our community.
“Today, as we prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 infection, vaccines as well as new therapies are being developed for the treatment of COVID-19,” noted M. Scott Dawson, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE FASNC, Inspira Medical Group Cardiology. “Consequently, I have sought out the opportunity to be Principal Investigator of two clinical trials which will study a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of moderate and severe patients with COVID-19. Inspira has been chosen as one of only 10 sites selected worldwide to participate in this exciting study.
“I have unfortunately witnessed the devastating effects of COVID-19 on my family,” shared Dawson. “At the end of March, my stepfather, Leroy New, was admitted to Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill. By the next day, he required mechanical ventilation. For the next 35 days, Leroy remained on the ventilator as the physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapist helped him fight off the many complications related to COVID-19. Finally, after spending 46 days in the ICU fighting COVID-19, the flu and bacterial pneumonia, he was able to be transferred to a rehab facility. I’m happy to share that he is now home with my mom, Leroy’s wife of over 40 years, and continues to make daily progress. He is in good spirits and appreciative of everyone that help him survive COVID-19 during the initial wave.
“His care has been a great example of how Inspira is able to execute its mission statement with comprehensive and compassionate care. My family and I are indebted to Inspira and all of its amazing staff members for saving his life.”
It is a privilege and an honor to serve you and the South Jersey community. Until we may have the chance to meet, stay safe and be well.
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