Public Health Administrator for Wayne/Hamilton Counties Clark Griffith is passing along important information in an effort to avoid overwhelming medical service providers in our area. The information comes from Department of Public Health Director Nr. Ngozi Ezike.
He says, ““We know there is a lot of concern as the number of cases and locations increase, however, not everyone who has respiratory symptoms like cough and shortness of breath needs to be tested. Similarly, not everyone who is infected with novel coronavirus needs medical treatment. We want to make sure those at higher risk of severe illness are prioritized for testing and that they can receive the medical care they need. We ask those who have mild symptoms to stay home so the health care system is not overwhelmed.”
Information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild. However, older people and people of all ages with severe chronic medical conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious illness. It is crucial that we limit contact with older people and those with certain health conditions.