Monday, May 27, 2024

Letter: Northwest Louisiana hospitals actively managing COVID-19 and counting on the community’s help to reduce the spread

by BIZ Magazine

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in northwest Louisiana has increased in recent weeks and we are deeply concerned.
First, we want to assure our community that we are working together, through Region 7 and the Office of Public Health, to respond
to this crisis. Our teams are rising to this challenge with incredible compassion and professionalism. Everything is being done to
ensure the best possible coordination and care for our patients; however, we need your help.
While we are very grateful for the many thousands of cards, meals, and PPE that have been donated to our organizations since the
start of the pandemic, today we need our community to demonstrate its resolve by taking action to reduce the spread of COVID-19
and to prevent a significant surge in our hospitals.
Our communities have proven time and time again that we are resilient and come to the aid of our neighbors in time of need.
Through hurricanes, floods, and other difficult times, you’ve proven that the citizens of northwest Louisiana are like no other –
we’ve been there for one another before, and we are asking you to do it again.
It is proven that when people wear a face mask in public, maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from others, and

practice frequent hand hygiene, it reduces the spread of the virus. We are writing this letter to implore the people of Caddo-
Bossier and the surrounding parishes to do these three simple things to help us save lives.

During the initial Stay Home-Work Safe orders, we flattened the curve. While the reopening of the economy undeniably added
challenges, working as a community together we can reduce the spread while getting back to work. COVID-19 is spreading quickly
because too many people thought it was safe to go back to life as usual. We strongly believe the people of this community can, and
should, get out to do the things they need to do to earn a living and support our economy. But to successfully do that, we need
everyone to take all needed steps to limit their risk of exposure and help protect those around them. Masks, physical distancing and
hand washing – these things work and can help get the virus back under control in our community.
Thank you for your support. We stand together to serve you and your family today, and always.

Dr. Steen Trawick
CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System

Chuck Daigle
Ochsner LSU Health

James K. Elrod
President & CEO
Shreveport Willis-Knighton Health System

Dr. G.E. Ghali
LSU Health Science Center Shreveport

Brandi Gaitan
Executive Director
Northwest Louisiana Medical Society

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