Friday, May 21, 2021

Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
As communities and businesses are opening, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to ensure zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and how to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  In anticipation of Memorial Day and the 4th of July festivities; we have included CDC published helpful guidance you may find informative. Asking these questions can help determine your level of risk.
 
In addition, as we ease into our historic off-season; The Medical Center will transition our Community Updates into a monthly publication complementing our Ocean Reef Press releases.  As a reminder, effective June 1st, 2021; the Medical Center’s hours of operation change.  The Medical Center will close an hour earlier at 4PM.
 
Consider the risks before you go:
 
Is COVID-19 spreading in my community?
Find out by viewing the latest COVID-19 information and a map of states with reported COVID-19 infections.
 
What are the local orders in my community?
Review updates from your local health department to better understand the situation in your community and what local orders are in place in your community. Also find out about school closures, business re-openings, and stay-at-home orders in your state.
 
Will my activity put me in close contact with others?
Practice social distancing because COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with others.

  • It’s important that you and the people around you wear a mask when in public and particularly when it’s difficult to stay 6 feet away from others consistently.
  • Choose outdoor activities and places where it’s easy to stay 6 feet apart, like parks and open-air facilities.
  • Look for physical barriers, like plexiglass screens or modified layouts, that help you keep your distance from others.
  • Use visual reminders—like signs, chair arrangements, markings on the floor, or arrows—to help remind you to keep your distance from others.

 
Am I at risk for severe illness?
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. While the risk for severe illness is lower for others, everyone faces some risk of illness. Some people have no symptoms, others have mild symptoms, and some get severely ill.
 
Do I live with someone who is at risk for severe illness?
If you live with older adults or someone with certain underlying medical conditions, then you and all family members should take extra precautions to minimize risk. Learn more about what you can do if you or any members of your family are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
 
Do I practice everyday preventive actions?
Continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions, like monitoring yourself for symptoms, not touching your face with unwashed hands, washing your hands often, social distancingdisinfecting surfaces, wearing masks, and staying home if you are sick.
 
Will I have to share any items, equipment, or tools with other people?
Choose places where there is limited sharing of items and where any items that are shared are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.  You can also choose to visit places that share, post, or announce that they have increased cleaning and disinfection to protect others from COVID-19.
 
Will I need to take public transportation to get to the activity?
Public transit can put you in close contact with others. When using public transportation, follow CDC’s guidance on how to protect yourself when using transportation
 
Does my activity require travel to another community?
Before considering  trips outside your community, consult CDC’s travel considerations.
 
If I get sick with COVID-19, will I have to miss work or school? 
If you are sick with COVID-19, stay home. Also find out about your work or school’s telework or sick leave policy.
 
Do I know what to do if I get sick?
Know the steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.
 
In other news, we have included a link to an encouraging article published by the Miami Herald reflecting on the decline in COVID cases. 
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article251474758.html

Have a Fantastic Summer Season.

 

Updates to The Medical Center’s tracking grid are included in the link below:  As a reminder The Medical Center updates the below linked grid on www.MCOR.org daily.

Additional information on guidelines can be found on the Medical Center’s website at: www.mcor.org

 
Thank you,

Keith Young
CEO
The Medical Center
  
Christopher Grant
COO
 The Medical Center
 

 


Friday, May 14, 2021

 

Summer is right around the corner.  The sun is shining and the heat is on.  Summer 2021 is shaping up to be one of the hottest on record.   Get you sunscreen ready.  What better way to soak it all in than to celebrate the outdoors, and hit the water wherever you may be.  For those in need of some additional great ideas, we have included the following link to 100 Summer Fun Ideas: https://www.verywellfamily.com/summer-fun-ideas-kids-and-parents-3542627.  When in doubt just add ice-cream, always a fan favorite!!! 

In other news:
 
The CDC has been reviewing the easing of indoor mask restrictions and has hinted changes are forthcoming.  In addition, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said mask-wearing could be a seasonal habit to combat common illnesses, even after the coronavirus pandemic.  Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor, said during a Sunday interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” it was “quite possible” that people will decide to wear masks seasonally to prevent catching colds or the flu.  “We’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominately against COVID-19,” he said. “So it is conceivable that as we go on a year or two or more from now that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory borne diseases.”  As of May 9, around 152 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, including around 114 million people — just over a third of the population — who are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
 
The FDA extended emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine to kids ages 12 to 15. 
 
CDC Updates Mask-Wearing Guidelines:
 
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated individuals can safely participate in most indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The guidance update comes after nearly 60% of American adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine and COVID-19 infection rates are falling across the country.
 
The updated guidance still calls for fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks in crowded indoor settings, such as public transportation, and grocery stores. The CDC stressed today, though, that these updated guidelines do not apply to the health care or congregate settings.  When visiting The Medical Center, masks are still required to be worn at all times. To learn more, including the safe levels for outdoor and indoor activities for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, use the following link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

 

Updates to The Medical Center’s tracking grid are included in the link below:  As a reminder The Medical Center updates the below linked grid on www.MCOR.org daily.

Additional information on guidelines can be found on the Medical Center’s website at: www.mcor.org
 
Thank you,

Keith Young
CEO
The Medical Center
  
Christopher Grant
COO
 The Medical Center
 

 
 
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