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For the publisher:

Northeastern Ohio is experiencing a critical influx of patients to our healthcare facilities, hospitals, emergency departments and emergency care centers all receiving high patient numbers. Our hospitals are ready to treat patients. However, we are facing a shortage of available beds for inpatients and much longer than usual wait times for emergency and emergency care.

Several factors are leading to this situation, including the growing number of people with COVID-19 who have a higher degree of illness than what we have seen before and who require hospitalization. Unfortunately, models show that the number is expected to continue to increase.

What can you do to help!

To get vaccinated. Find a vaccination site on vaccines.gov

For routine and light health care needs, consider seeking care from:

–Your local health care provider

–Telehealth services

– Pharmacy clinics

If you have mild symptoms of COVID, consider calling one of the health care providers above, before seeking care in person or at an emergency department.

If you have concerns about exposure but are not having symptoms, or if you need proof that you do not have COVID for travel requirements or access to events, find locations testing near you at coronavirus.ohio.gov/testing

– Consider not requesting an emergency department test if you have mild or no symptoms

–Wear a mask if you are indoors or in large gatherings, even if you are fully vaccinated

– Social assistance when possible and avoid large crowds

-Practice frequent hand washing

We need your help to ensure that we continue to have the resources and staff necessary to care for our community. Unless your COVID-19 symptoms worsen or put your life in danger, you have better care options that can help us stay focused on delivering advanced care to those who need it most.

Again, the most effective strategy for keeping caregivers, hospitals, health systems and our community safe is to get fully immunized, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. We have the tools to overcome this monumental challenge and we need your help to protect yourself and your loved ones. Help us change the trajectory of COVID-19 for our communities.

Help us by finding the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

Anita Hackstedde, MD, President and CEO,

Salem Regional Medical Center

Ryan Jones, CEO, Aultman Alliance Community Hospital

Rick Haines, President and CEO,

Aultman Health Foundation

Jennifer Kessel, CEO,

Aultman Orrville Hospital

Timothy Crone, MD MB, President,

Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital

Vinson M. Yates, President,

OhioHealth Mansfield & Shelby Hospitals

T. Clifford Deveny, MD, President and CEO,

Summa Health

Dwayne Richardson, MSN, BSN, IA, President,

Trinity Health System-Twin City Medical Center

Lisa Cocca, Executive Director,

Belmont Pines Hospital

R. Bruce James, President,

Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital

David E. Custodio, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Hospital President,

Summa Health System – Akron and St. Thomas Campuses

Willam Benoit, MOT, MBA, FACHE, President,

UH Portage Medical Center

Robert Kent, DO, FACOI, President and CEO,

Western Reserve Hospital

Tony Snyder, CEO,

Aultman Hospital

Brian Harte, MD, MHM, President,

Cleveland Clinic Akron Center

Daniel J. Ferry, Chief Financial Officer / Interim Managing Director,

Crystal Clinic Orthopedic Center

Ed Muransky, CEO,

Southwood Health

Michael M. Hughes, MD, MBA, FACC, Hospital President,

Summa Health System-Campus de Barberton

Todd Harford, President and Chief Patient Experience Officer,

UH Samaritan Medical Center

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