The last week of December ended very quietly at MCH, as we discharged all of our inpatients on the last day of the year, and all could be home for celebrating the arrival of a New Year. It is evident that everyone is quite anxious for a change from 2020, but it may be another couple/three months of COVID persistence before we see much of a difference. Through the 11th of January the State of Kansas (as well as Morris County) is seeing about a 10% decline in average daily positive test results from the highest daily averages experienced in late November and December. Whether this is an encouraging sign or not probably remains to be seen. But let’s hope it is!
To date, there is no doubt that the protective position people are taking regarding the transmission of COVID-19 has greatly helped in reducing the transmission of the 2020/2021 influenza and strep viruses. So far we have not resulted any positive influenzas, and only one or two strep. In one other testing development, we will be starting a State sponsored free COVID testing Clinic in the rear parking lot of the Public Health Department beginning 1-13-2021, between the hours of 11:00 and 1:00. This testing will not require symptomatic conditions, but there will be some forms required to be filled out in order to comply with the Federal reporting requirements. This could be a short period for free funding, so it is encouraged to be diligent in pursuing the testing if interested. A saliva test kit option is available for this service.
This is definitely the time of year associated with the setting of new goals for a New Year. The biggest goal might be to return to an environment void of COVID fears and concerns, but as mentioned, it is difficult to project when that might occur. So we are still wrestling with reasonable projections of what volumes we will see in 2021. More on 2021 goals in the near future.
Significant changes are likely as we fold into an era of newly elected officials, both on the State and Federal levels. We all know it will be interesting times continuing for quite a while as we embrace 2021. May sound logic and rationale thinking prevail as we move forward, hopefully with a strong attitude for America and her freedoms! Thank you all for what you each do for MCH!! And Thank You Especially for the care exhibited throughout a really trying year for all healthcare workers…you each were Heroes for our Morris County residents!!!