Daily Stats (updated 4/27/2020 at 3:30 pm)
- 80 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospital
- Submitted 9,783 specimens for testing
- Discharged 178 patients
- 183 employees quarantined; 32 employees exposed at work and positive with COVID-19
- Click here for graphs showing a running total of specimens collected for testing and positive cases hospitalized.
A Message from Dr. Larry Antonucci
When it comes to COVID-19, there is still much to be determined, especially regarding antibody testing, immunity, treatment and the creation of a vaccine. There is one thing we know, however, and that is ingesting bleach, Lysol or other cleaners will not protect you from the virus and can cause you to become very sick. Last week, poison control in New York City received 30 calls, and Maryland’s hotline received more than 100 calls. On Friday, the CDC published a memo about the increased calls, citing a 20% increase in calls during the first three months of 2020 to poison control centers due to exposure compared to the same period last year. Right now there is no known cure for COVID-19, so the safest way to protect yourself and others is to continue physical distancing, wearing a mask while in public and practicing good hand hygiene.
New Symptoms Linked to COVID-19
In addition to fever, cough and shortness of breath, the CDC added six new symptoms for COVID-19, including chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should monitor their temperature, self-isolate and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen. The CDC also stresses the emergency warning signs for COVID-19 are trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, and bluish lips or face. Those who experience these particular symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.
Be a Hero to your Health Care Hero
National Superhero day is tomorrow, April 28, and we are celebrating our health care heroes with the Be a