Calling on New Hampshire residents to remain vigilant in practicing the public health safety measures we know help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, New Hampshire’s clinical leaders released a joint statement highlighting the importance of doing what we can to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.
We are not powerless in this public health crisis. Each one of us can play a critical role in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing everyday prevention measures like social distancing, wearing masks when in public, frequent hand washing, staying home when sick and covering coughs and sneezes.
“Keeping patients and the public safe through vigilant prevention measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 is a priority for every hospital in New Hampshire,” noted New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen. He went on to add, “As cases continue to rise, physician and nurse leaders across the state are urging all residents to practice the simple steps we know can help stop the spread of the virus: wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands, and staying home when you don’t feel well.”
We can all do our part in helping turn the tide of this pandemic, and because our actions are critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19, we must all remain vigilant and continue taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus. Doing so not only protects each other and our loved ones, but it also helps to keep our kids in school, our businesses open, and our economy thriving.
Joint Statement Issued by New Hampshire's Healthcare Leaders:
As the physician and nurse leaders of hospitals and healthcare systems throughout the state of New Hampshire, we have an important safety message regarding COVID-19.
We want to make it clear that our doctors nurses, hospitals and healthcare systems across the state are standing with our public health colleagues as a united front in our efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that every New Hampshire resident join us in taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
Our hospitals and healthcare facilities will continue requiring staff, patients, and visitors to follow public safety protocols, including mask-wearing, screenings upon entry to our facilities, and limitation of visitors/caregivers. We ask that you do the same: wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough and stay home if you are experiencing any respiratory or unexplained symptoms, such as a fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or other common COVID-19 symptoms. We do this to keep our patients, visitors and healthcare workers safe. And when you do this, you’re helping to keep the ones you love and others around you safe.
In recent weeks, we have seen COVID-19 cases trending upwards in all regions of the state, and while hospitalizations remain relatively low today, they have more than doubled in the past month. This concerning increase puts our entire healthcare system at risk. If these trends continue, doctors, nurses, therapists, environmental services, security, food services, support staff and so many others who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since March will suffer additional stress and risk their own infection, illness, and mortality.
The decision to continue these safety measures is driven by data and guidance from healthcare experts, not politics. Public health draws on data to chart the route from where we are now, to where we need to go. It keeps hospitals and healthcare facilities safe places for patients to receive both routine and emergency care as needed. These measures will not only help prevent another catastrophic surge in hospital admissions and COVID-19 deaths, but they will also help to keep our schools and businesses open and our economy thriving. But we need your help.
While there is no way to completely eliminate the risk of spreading COVID-19, the simple acts of wearing masks, washing our hands and socially distancing are the most effective tools we have in the fight against COVID-19. It is incumbent upon each one of us to do all that we can to limit the spread.
Help keep COVID-19 under control by doing what you can to prevent more infections and hospitalizations. Support our dedicated and courageous healthcare heroes as they continue the fight against COVID-19 while safely caring for all of your health care needs.
Working together with you, we are confident that we can make a difference and keep this dangerous virus under control.